The Economics Book by DK Publishing

By DK Publishing

[/i] From Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas to Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes, and the head monetary thinkers of this day, [i]The Economics Book will take you on a trip via centuries of proposal, elucidating even the main advanced of techniques. The Economics Book is the fundamental reference for college kids and for a person with an curiosity in how economies paintings.

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1936 John Maynard Keynes says that the velocity of money in circulation is unstable. 1956 Milton Friedman argues that a change in the amount of money in the economy can have a predictable effect on people’s incomes. I n 16th-century Europe prices were rising inexplicably. Some said that rulers were using an old practice of “debasing” currencies by minting coins with ever-smaller amounts of gold or silver in them. This was true. However, Jean Bodin, a French lawyer, argued that something much more significant was also happening.

Man, in his freedom, rivalry, and desire for gain, is “led by an invisible hand to promote an end, which was no part of his intention” —he inadvertently acts on behalf of the wider interest of society. Laissez-faire economics The idea of “spontaneous order” was not new. It was proposed in 1714 by the Dutch writer Bernard Mandeville in his poem The Fable of the Bees. This told the story of a beehive that was thriving on the “vices” (self-interested behavior) of its bees. When the bees became virtuous (no longer acting in their own self-interest but trying to act for the good of the hive), the beehive collapsed.

1817 British economist David Ricardo argues that foreign trade can benefit all nations. 1970s US economist Milton Friedman insists that free trade helps developing countries. F or the last half century many economists have championed free trade. They argue that only by removing restrictions on trade (such as tariffs) can goods and money flow freely around the world and global markets develop without inhibition. Some disagree, arguing that where there is a huge imbalance of trade between two countries, it can impact jobs and wealth.

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