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DAVENANT, Charles]
An essay upon the probable methods of making a people gainers in the balance of trade. Treating of these heads, viz. Of the people of England. Of the land of England, and its product. Of our payments to the publick, and in what manner our ballance of trade may be thereby affected. That a country cannot increase in wealth and power but by private men doing their duty to the publick, and but by a steady course of honesty and wisdom, in such as are trusted with the administration of affairs. By the author of The Essay on Ways and Means.> The second edition.
London: James Knapton, 1700. 8vo., (16) + 204pp., with the 6 folding tables as called for, contemporary mottled calf with an old rebacking, small patches of surface wear to joints, later endpapers. A very good sound copy. First published in 1699, this is perhaps Davenant's most coherent treatise on political arithmetic. His front-rank position in the history of economics is mainly based upon his insight into the importance of quantitative arguments, the use of political arithmetic, and his contributions to the theories of money, international trade and public finance. His failure to produce a coherent theoretical system is reflected by his flirtations with both mercantilism on the one hand and almost a free-trade position on the other. The present work includes much in the area of what might now be called 'applied' economics - population studies, marriage, immigration, family incomes, poverty, home consumption and so forth.
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