• Reghinos D. Theocharis


The development of mathematical economics during the period following Cournot’s Recherches and until the publication of Jevons’s Theory of Political Economy in 1871 is relatively slow.


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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    On this, see R. D. Theocharis, ‘A Note on the Lag in the Recognition of Cournot’s Contribution to Economic Analysis’, Canadian Journal of Economics, vol. 23(4), 1990, pp. 923–33.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    See R. B. Ekelund and R. F. Hébert, ‘Cournot and His Contemporaries: Is an Obituary the Only Bad Review?’, Southern Economic Journal, vol. 57, 1990, pp. 139–49.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    I. Fisher, Mathematical Investigations in the Theory of Value and Prices, New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1925 [1892], p. 109.Google Scholar
  4. 5.
    A. A. Cournot, Researches into the Mathematical Principles of the Theory of Wealth, translated by N. T. Bacon, New York: Kelley, 1960 [1897], p. 2.Google Scholar
  5. 9.
    J. E. Cairnes, The Character and Logical Method of Political Economy, second edition, London: Macmillan, 1888, p. iv.Google Scholar
  6. 10.
    Cournot, 1981 [1863], p. 3. On this, see also Theocharis, 1990, p. 926; C. Menard, La formation d’une rationalité économique: A. A. C.urnot, Paris: Flammarion, 1978, p. 238.Google Scholar
  7. 12.
    F. Etner, Histoire du calcul économique en France, Paris: Economica, 1987, pp. 106–7.Google Scholar
  8. 13.
    Ibid., p. 107. See also Y. Breton ‘Les économistes libéraux Français et l’emploi des mathématiques en économie politique 1800–1914,’ Économies et Sociétés, vol. 20, 1986, pp. 25–63.Google Scholar
  9. 15.
    L. Walras, ‘Un économiste inconnu: Hermann-Henri Gossen’, Journal des Économistes, 4th ser., vol. XXX, 1885, pp. 68–90.Google Scholar
  10. 18.
    Published in the same year as: N.-F. Canard, Principes d’économie politique. Paris, 1801.Google Scholar
  11. 18a.
    On this, see B. D. Larson, ‘A Reappraisal of Canard’s Theory of Price Determination’, in D. A Walker (ed.), Perspectives on the History of Economic Thought, vol. I, Aldershot: Edgar, 1989, pp. 38–52 (esp. pp. 47–8).Google Scholar
  12. 21.
    W. S. Jevons, ‘The Progress of the Mathematical Theory of Political Economy, with an explanation of the principles of the Theory’, read on 11 November 1874, Transactions of the Manchester Statistical Society, Session 1874–75, Manchester: J. Roberts, 1875, pp. 1–19.Google Scholar
  13. 24.
    W. S. Jevons, ‘The Future of Political Economy’, The Fortnightly Review, vol. XX, 1876, pp. 617–31; also translated as ‘Le Passé et l’Avenir de l’Économie Politique’, Journal des Économistes, 3rd ser., vol. XLV, 1877, pp. 325–42.Google Scholar
  14. 26.
    For a bibliography on works by these authors, see: Jevons, 1965 [1957], pp. 333–43; Fisher, 1960 [1897], pp. 182–95. For an explanation of the decline in the Italian contribution to mathematical economics in the nineteenth century and the indifferent Italian attitude to developments elsewhere (apart from G. Boccardo’s), see Bianchini, 1989, pp. 64–5.) Some mathematics is also found in A. Schäffie, ‘Ueber den Geb-rauchswerth und die Wirtschaft nach den Begriffsbestimmungen Hermann’s’, Zeitschrift für die gesamte Staatswissenschaft, vol. 26, 1870, pp. 122–79; see pp. 141, 153–7.Google Scholar

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  • Reghinos D. Theocharis
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  1. 1.Athens University of Economics and BusinessAthensGreece

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