The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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  • D. C. Coleman
Reference work entry


Colbertism is a term used to describe the economic policies associated with the French statesman, Jean-Baptiste Colbert; and sometimes, confusingly, as a synonym for mercantilist policies in general.

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