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BORTKIEWICZ ET WALRAS Notes sur une collaboration intellectuelle avortée


  • Pascal Bridel


This paper attempts to take stock on the vexed subject of the relations between Walras and Bortkiewicz. In part I, a survey of the existing literature allows, by contrast, to define the still unexplored zones of these two authors’ personal and scientific relationships. Part II offers a broad canvas of the various stages of this strange and erratic collaboration over a little more than a decade (1887-1899). These first two parts also provide an illustration of the techniques used by Walras to build his scientific network. Part III suggests a systematic analysis of the part played by Bortkiewicz in three of the most difficult theoretical problems discussed by Walras in the triangular debate with Edgeworth: the definition of the entrepreneur, the theory of capital and the notion of tâtonnement.

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  • Pascal Bridel, 2008. "BORTKIEWICZ ET WALRAS Notes sur une collaboration intellectuelle avortée," Revue d'économie politique, Dalloz, vol. 118(5), pages 711-742.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:repdal:redp_185_0711

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    Walras; Bortkiewicz; Edgeworth; general equilibrium;


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