The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
| Editors: Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Montchrétien, Antoyne de (1575–1621)

  • P. Bridel
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Montchrétien’s place in the history of economics is probably more the result of the title than the content of his 1616 Traicté de l’oeconomie politique – never before had the words ‘political’ and ‘economy’ been put together on the title page of a volume claiming to be a treatise, that is, dealing systematically with one subject. For some, this is Montchrétien’s only merit; for others, painstakingly sorting the analytical wheat from the factual chaff. Montchrétien’s contribution to economics, if somewhat lacking in originality, brings forward for the first time some important elements of what was to become standard Mercantilist thinking.

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  • P. Bridel
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