Selections from The Wealth of Nations

Selections from The Wealth of Nations

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This carefully annotated selection features the main analysis of the operation of an economic system, the introductory chapter of the great attack on mercantilism, and portions of the analysis of the functions of the state-Books I, IV, and V. Edited by George J. Stigler, this useful volume includes an introduction and a bibliography.
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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 127 x 187 x 7mm | 124g
  • Wheeling IL, United States
  • English
  • 0882950932
  • 9780882950938
  • 1,575,106

Table of contents

Introduction vii Book I Of the Causes of Improvement in the Productive Powers of Labor, and of the Order According to Which Its Produce Is Naturally Distributed among the Different Ranks of the People Of the Division of Labor 1 Of the Principle which Gives Occasion to the Division of Labor 10 That the Division of Labor Is Limited by the Extent of the Market 14 Of the Origin and Use of Money 19 Of the Real and Nominal Price of Commodities, or of Their Price in Labor and Their Price in Money 23 Of the Component Parts of the Price of Commodities 30 Of the Natural and Market Price of Commodities 38 Of Wages and Profit in the Different Employments of Labor and Stock 48 Book IV Of Systems of Political Economy Introduction 61 Of the Principle of the Commercial of Mercantile System 62 Of the Agricultural Systems, or of Those Systems of Political Economy, which Represent the Produce of Land, as Either the Sole or the Principal Source of the Revenue and Wealth of Every Country 87 Book V Of the Revenue of the Sovereign or Commonwealth Of the Expenses of the Sovereign or Commonwealth 89 Bibliography 116
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About Adam Smith

Adam Smith (16 June 1723 NS (5 June 1723 OS) - 17 July 1790) was a Scottish moral philosopher, pioneer of political economy, and a key figure in the Scottish Enlightenment. He is best known for two classic works: The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). The latter, usually abbreviated as The Wealth of Nations, is considered his magnum opus and the first modern work of economics. Smith is cited as the father of modern economics and is still among the most influential thinkers in the field of economics today.
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