Natural Equality, Increasing Returns, And Economic Progress: A Reinterpretation Of Adam Smith'S System
My aim in this paper is to reinterpret Adam Smith's theory of economic interaction by assigning a central role to his foundational presumption that persons are natural equals. There are implications of this presumption to be drawn both for the behavioral adjustments that move the system toward an equilibrium and for the properties of equilibrium itself — implications that make the whole analysis significantly different from the more familiar analyses that embody the presumption of individual differences. This reinterpretation allows for the construction of an internally coherent model that critically depends on the incorporation of Smith's principle that relates the endogenous specialization of labour to the size of the market nexus. By contrast, if persons are presumed to differ, one from another, one step in the equilibrating process remains outside the model, and the division or specialization of labour remains exogenous and, thereby, independent of market size.
If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.
Volume (Year): 01 (2005)
Issue (Month): 01 ()
|Contact details of provider:|| Web page: http://www.worldscinet.com/dltc/dltc.shtml|
|Order Information:|| Email: |
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wsi:dltcxx:v:01:y:2005:i:01:p:57-66. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Tai Tone Lim)
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.