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Richard Cantillon's 'Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en Général' should be rightfully considered one of the most important books ever written. It is the first statement of economic theory and not just a single or limited breakthrough, but a comprehensive treatment that explains the organization of commercial society.

Prior to Cantillon, writings about the economy were largely driven by considerations of religion, ideology, and interests groups. After Cantillon, there was a scientific model that could be understood and applied. Most importantly, when it was properly understood and applied, it unleashed the market economy and generated great prosperity.

Translated by Chantal Saucier. Edited by Mark Thornton. Narrated by Millian Quinteros.

This audio book is made available through the generosity of Mr. Tyler Folger.

An Essay on Economic Theory Mises Institute

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Richard Cantillon's 'Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en Général' should be rightfully considered one of the most important books ever written. It is the first statement of economic theory and not just a single or limited breakthrough, but a comprehensive treatment that explains the organization of commercial society.

Prior to Cantillon, writings about the economy were largely driven by considerations of religion, ideology, and interests groups. After Cantillon, there was a scientific model that could be understood and applied. Most importantly, when it was properly understood and applied, it unleashed the market economy and generated great prosperity.

Translated by Chantal Saucier. Edited by Mark Thornton. Narrated by Millian Quinteros.

This audio book is made available through the generosity of Mr. Tyler Folger.

    Foreword

    Foreword

    Foreword to Richard Cantillon's 'An Essay on Economic Theory'. Mark Thornton and Chantal Saucier have accomplished the arduous task of bringing forth a new and improved translation of Cantillon’s famous work. Narrated by Millian Quinteros.

    • 5 分鐘
    Introduction

    Introduction

    Introduction to Richard Cantillon's 'An Essay on Economic Theory'. Cantillon deals with a wide variety of fundamental and philosophical issues such as the nature of property, the distribution of income, the origin of money, and the role of government. Narrated by Millian Quinteros.

    • 9 分鐘
    1.1. Wealth

    1.1. Wealth

    Cantillon defines wealth as the consumption goods produced by land and labor. This contrasted with the Mercantilists who thought money was wealth. From Part 1: Production, Distribution, and Consumption. Narrated by Millian Quinteros.

    • 1 分鐘
    1.2. Human Societies

    1.2. Human Societies

    All human societies are based on a system of property rights. The distribution of rights will necessarily be unequal, and the use to which property is put will be dependent on the tastes of the owners. From Part 1: Production, Distribution, and Consumption. Narrated by Millian Quinteros.

    • 4 分鐘
    1.3. Villages

    1.3. Villages

    In this first of four chapters on economic geography and location theory, Cantillon explains that settlements are based on the requirements of production, especially the quantity of labor, and the extent of the specialization and division of labor. From Part 1: Production, Distribution, and Consumption. Narrated by Millian Quinteros.

    • 1 分鐘
    1.4. Market Towns

    1.4. Market Towns

    Entrepreneurs establish markets in centrally located villages which provide the necessary conditions under which prices are established between supply and demand. The size of the market town depends on the size of the economy it serves. From Part 1: Production, Distribution, and Consumption. Narrated by Millian Quinteros.

    • 3 分鐘

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