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Gian Rinaldo Carli (1720-1795): Diagnosis and treatment of a monetary plague


  • Gianfranco Tusset


Gian Rinaldo Carli was an "expert" of money who lived in the 18th century, in an economic environment revolving around national and international trade. Be-longing to a community of scholars who lived in a sort of golden age of pre-classical studies on money, Carli stood out for his insistence on the need to inter-vene to contain monetary imbalance, seen as a serious impediment to the expan-sion of trade and economic dynamism. Carli curved his analysis, which was theo-retical in its depth, to political action and initiative. He sought to craft those rigor-ous empirically based measures that should underlie the practical work of a re-former. The paper aims to understand how Carli introduced rigor into his approach to monetary advice, in order to make it more adequate to meet what he believed was a growing need expressed by the governors of the time, starting with the Em-press of Austria.

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  • Gianfranco Tusset, 2020. "Gian Rinaldo Carli (1720-1795): Diagnosis and treatment of a monetary plague," HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT AND POLICY, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 9(2), pages 39-65.
  • Handle: RePEc:fan:spespe:v:html10.3280/spe2020-002003

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    • B11 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Preclassical (Ancient, Medieval, Mercantilist, Physiocratic)
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