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Homer: A Forerunner of Neoclassical Economics

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  • Posada, Carlos Esteban

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Homer clearly expressed the economic problem of choosing the best option among several alternatives given a certain set of restrictions. In the Odyssey he specifically wrote about the minimum cost choice. This kind of problem, as is well known, is at the heart of the neoclassical economics. We can therefore consider Homer a forerunner of this school of thought. This hypothesis contrasts with those of Trever (1916), Schumpeter (1954) and Schefold (1997).

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  • Posada, Carlos Esteban, 2012. "Homer: A Forerunner of Neoclassical Economics," MPRA Paper 47487, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:47487
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    Odyssey; minimum cost choice; neoclassical economics;

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    • B13 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Neoclassical through 1925 (Austrian, Marshallian, Walrasian, Wicksellian)
    • B3 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals

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