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From the Encyclopedie to the Tableau economique : Quesnay on freedom of grain trade and economic growth


  • Loic Charles


This paper investigates the evolution of Quesnay's economic thought between his Encyclopedie articles and the first edition of the Tableau economique. The rediscovery of a forgotten piece Quesnay included in an agricultural treatise — the Essai sur l'amelioration des terres — leads us to reconsider the origins of the first edition of the Tableau. This forgotten piece of writing is the missing link between Quesnay's first economic writings and the Tableau. It improves on the theory of grain trade liberalization Quesnay presented in his first writings on two levels. First, it reconstructs of his previous argument in order to give it a more coherent shape. Second, this text complements the Encyclopedie articles by a growth mechanism. Through a reconstruction of Quesnay's growth mechanism, we show that his argument is a significant analytical step toward the first edition of the Tableau.

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  • Loic Charles, 2000. "From the Encyclopedie to the Tableau economique : Quesnay on freedom of grain trade and economic growth," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(1), pages 1-21.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eujhet:v:7:y:2000:i:1:p:1-21
    DOI: 10.1080/096725600361834

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    1. Barna, Tibor, 1976. "Quesnay's model of economic development," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 8(4), pages 315-338, December.
    2. Thomas P. Neill, 1949. "The Physiocrats' Concept of Economics," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 63(4), pages 532-553.
    3. Loïc Charles, 1998. "Théorie des prix et liberté d'exportation du blé chez Quesnay : une interprétation," Cahiers d'Économie Politique, Programme National Persée, vol. 32(1), pages 41-65.
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    1. Loic Charles, 2003. "The visual history of the Tableau Economique," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(4), pages 527-550.


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