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The Three Basic Presuppositions of Economists

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The contemporary study of economics originally derived from the moral vision of Adam Smith and was reformulated in two stages, first by Alfred Marshall [>i>Principles of Economics>/i>] and, second, by Paul Samuelson [>i>Economics>/i>]. Throughout this process, the fundamental premise of the "rational economic actor" has remained unchanged, despite the fact that currently the concept of rationalism is itself under critical assault in economics.

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  • Wang Dingding, 1999. "The Three Basic Presuppositions of Economists," Chinese Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(4), pages 65-69, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:chinec:v:32:y:1999:i:4:p:65-69
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