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Adam Smith’s conceptual contributions to international economics:Based on the Wealth of Nations


  • Ismail Kucukaksoy

    () (Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Dumlupinar University, Turkey)


The 1776 dated “Wealth of Nations” work of Adam Smith has formed economic dimension of the Industrial Revolution and also transformed economics into the identity of a social science. As if the wealth of nations, namely the welfare increase became the top goal two and a half centuries ago, it is the top goal today and in the future as well. So understanding Smith’s works well carries importance in fighting against poverty in the world. According to Smith, in the basis of the welfare increases (wealth of nations) are labor and cooperation. Tendency underlying cooperation is the tendency of swap. It is considered that understanding Smith’s works well will provide solution for poor countries and therefore contribute to poor population in the world to decrease. For solving poverty and problems concerning welfare (destitution, hunger, etc.), Smith’s works need more historic examination. In this study it was aimed to contribute to the given examination.

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  • Ismail Kucukaksoy, 2011. "Adam Smith’s conceptual contributions to international economics:Based on the Wealth of Nations," Business and Economic Horizons (BEH), Prague Development Center, vol. 4(1), pages 108-119, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:pdc:jrnbeh:v:4:y:2011:i:1:p:108-119

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    Adam Smith; welfare; global economy; arbitrage; economies of scale.;

    JEL classification:

    • B12 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Classical (includes Adam Smith)
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • F59 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Other


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