Economic Wealth Creation and the Social Division of Labour

Volume I: Institutions and Trust

  • Robert P. Gilles

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 311-315

About this book


This textbook introduces and develops new tools to understand the recent economic crisis and how desirable economic policies can be adopted. Gilles provides new institutional concepts for wealth creation, such as network economies, which are based on the social division of labour. This volume investigates the formation of networks and hierarchical authority organisations, with a focus on the role of trust. Gilles also looks at the theory of growth and development, using real world examples and problem sets to put into practice. This title is suitable reading for undergraduate, MSc and postgraduate students in microeconomic analysis, economic theory and political economy.

Robert P. Gilles is Professor of Economics at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. He has previously taught in the USA and the Netherlands. His research focuses on the economic theory of the social division of labour.


Wealth creation Social division of labour Institutional economics Microeconomic analysis Economic crises General network economy Economic policy Network economies Social policy Adam Smith Wealth of Nations Economic competition Economic bubbles

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert P. Gilles
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  1. 1.Management SchoolQueen’s University BelfastBelfastUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-76396-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-76397-2
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