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Adam Smith'in "Uluslararası İktisat Kuramı"na Katkıları Hakkında
[On Adam Smith's Contributions to the International Trade Theory]


  • Kibritçioğlu, Aykut


Adam Smith is generally ignored as a trade theorist in textbooks of international economics because of the common belief that he only confirmed the rule of absolute advantages to explain structure of foreign trade. However, his vent-for-surplus approach may be interpreted as a pioneering study which stresses the importance of economies-of-scale in explaining the structure of trade. This short paper addresses to the undeniable influence of Smith's concepts such as "extent of the market", "division of labor", "improved dexterity in every particular workman" and "simple inventions coming from workman" on trade theory.

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  • Kibritçioğlu, Aykut, 1994. "Adam Smith'in "Uluslararası İktisat Kuramı"na Katkıları Hakkında
    [On Adam Smith's Contributions to the International Trade Theory]
    ," MPRA Paper 2595, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 1996.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:2595

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    1. John S. Chipman, 2009. "The Theory of International Trade," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 3017.
    2. Dani Rodrik, 1988. "Closing the Technology Gap: Does Trade Liberalization Really Help?," NBER Working Papers 2654, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Myint, Hla, 1977. "Adam Smith's Theory of International Trade in the Perspective of Economic Development," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 44(175), pages 231-248, August.
    4. Kurz, Heinz D, 1992. "Adam Smith on Foreign Trade: A Note on the 'Vent-for-Surplus' Argument," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 59(236), pages 475-481, November.
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    Adam Smith; international trade; specialization; economies of scale; vent for surplus; absolute advantages;

    JEL classification:

    • B12 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Classical (includes Adam Smith)
    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists


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