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An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations

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Published by Collier in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations was recognized as a landmark of human thought upon its publication in 1776. As the first scientific argument for the principles of political economy, it is the point of departure for all subsequent economic thought. Smith's theories of capital accumulation, growth, and secular change, among others, continue to be influential in modern economics. This reprint of Edwin Cannan's definitive 1904 edition of The Wealth of Nations includes Cannan's famous introduction, notes, and a full index, as well as a new preface written especially for this edition by the distinguished economist George J. Stigler. Mr. Stigler's preface will be of value for anyone wishing to see the contemporary relevance of Adam Smith's thought.

Table of Contents

Book I: Of the causes of improvement in the productive power of labour, and of the order according to which its produce is naturally distributed among the different ranks of the people: Of the Division of Labour
Of the principle which gives occasion to the Division of Labour
That the Divisioin of Labour is limited by the extent of the market
Of the origin and use of money
Of the real and nominal price of commodities, or of their price in labour, and their price in money
Of the component parts of the price of commodities
Of the natural and market price of commodities
Of the ages of labor
Of the profits of stock
Of wages and profit in the different employments of labour and stock
Of the rent of land
Book II: Of the nature, accumulation, and employment of stock: Of the Division of Stock
Of money considered as a particular branch of the general stock of the society, or of the expence of maintaining the national capital
Of the accumulation of capital, or of productive and unproductive labour
Of stock lent at interest
Of the different employment of capitals
Book III: Of the different progress of Opulence in different nations: Of the natural progress of opulence
Book IV: Of systems of political economy: Of the principle of the commercial or mercantile system
Of restraints upon the importation from foreign countries of such goods as can be produced at home
Of the extraordinary restraints upon the importation of goods of almost all kinds, from those countries with which the balance is supposed to be disadventageous
Of drawbacks
Of bounties
Of treaties of commerce
Of colonies
Conclusion of the mercantile system
Of the agricultural systems, or of the 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
Book V: Of the revenue of the Sovereign or Commonwealth
Of the expences of the Sovereign or Commonwealth
Of the sources of the general or public revenue of the society
Of public debts.

Edition Notes

Spine title: Wealth of nations.

"The five-foot shelf of books."

The Harvard classics -- v. 10
Other Titles
Wealth of nations.


Library of Congress
HB161 .S6 1937b

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564 p., [1] leaf of plates ;
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