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James Anderson, Development Economist: A Cautionary Tale


  • Gee, J M Alec


James Anderson, 1739-1808, analyzed the relatively backward and underdeveloped Scottish economy of his time. Anderson stressed the crucial importance of externalities and the adverse developmental effects of moral hazard and considered active intervention, such that the forces of self-interest are allowed positive play, to be essential to the development process. His approach and analysis are compared with those of Sir James Steuart, John Rae, and Adam Smith and the classical school. It is argued that Anderson's analysis is of relevance today and he was more objective in his approach than was Adam Smith and his followers. Copyright 1998 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd and The Victoria University of Manchester

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  • Gee, J M Alec, 1998. "James Anderson, Development Economist: A Cautionary Tale," The Manchester School of Economic & Social Studies, University of Manchester, vol. 66(5), pages 581-606, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:manch2:v:66:y:1998:i:5:p:581-606

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