Was He, or Was He Not? And Why Would It Matter? On Adam Smith Possibly Having Been Afflicted by Autism (Asperger’s Syndrome)
25 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2021 Last revised: 18 Jan 2022
Date Written: December 22, 2021
I investigate the conjecture (proposed by his namesake Vernon L. Smith) that Adam Smith was afflicted by Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism. I summarize the evidence confirming this conjecture. Concluding that on balance there is considerable evidence supporting Smith’s Conjecture, I then ponder why it might have mattered had he not been afflicted.
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Declaration of Interests: No competing interests.
Keywords: Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Adam Smith, Vernon L. Smith, Smith’s Conjecture
JEL Classification: B12, B20, B31, C90
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