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Producer choice and technical unemployment: John E. Tozer's mathematical model (1838)

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  • Paola Tubaro

    () (LRI - Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique - CentraleSupélec - UP11 - Université Paris-Sud - Paris 11 - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, TAU - TAckling the Underspecified - LRI - Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique - CentraleSupélec - UP11 - Université Paris-Sud - Paris 11 - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Inria Saclay - Ile de France - Inria - Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique)

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The paper presents Tozer's study of the effects of the mechanization of productive activities on employment as an effort to devise a mathematical model, as an analytical method that would be more general and robust than Ricardo's numerical examples. The contradictory nature of this achievement is emphasized: while with the help of algebra Tozer made significant progress in model building in economics, it is argued that his contribution to a deeper understanding of the phenomenon under study is much less satisfactory, due to the difficulties he faced in his effort to incorporate consumption and demand into a classical analytical framework.

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  • Paola Tubaro, 2008. "Producer choice and technical unemployment: John E. Tozer's mathematical model (1838)," Post-Print hal-01574622, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01574622
    DOI: 10.1080/09672560802252313
    Note: View the original document on HAL open archive server: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01574622
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