Cantillon, Quesnay, and the Tableau Economique
Schumpeter argued, long ago, that Quesnay's tableau economique was based on Cantillon, but this claim has never been spelled out in detail and seems not to have been generally accepted, since many writers still write of the tableau economique as though it were Quesnay's alone. This paper examines the relation between Cantillon and Quesnay in more detail than before and argues (a) that the relation between Cantillon's analysis of circulation and Quesnay's tableau is too close to be a coincidence, but (b) that the use Quesnay put it to is quite different from its role in Cantillon's system.
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- V. Foley, 1973. "An Origin of the Tableau Economique," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 5(1), pages 121-150, Spring.
- Jose Benitez-Rochel & Luis Robles-Teigeiro, 2003. "The foundations of the Tableau Economique in Boisguilbert and Cantillon," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(2), pages 231-248.
- 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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