The French Tradition: An Alternative Theoretical Framework

Universidad Pablo de Olavide Economics Working Paper No. 06.24

30 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2006

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José Manuel Menudo

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

José María O'kean

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

This paper deals with the French economic thought throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. A series of distinctive concepts were developed to come to a clear understanding of the economic problems which the French authors were interested in. J.A. Schumpeter called these economists 'the French tradition'. The arguments presented in this paper aim at illustrating the process of construction of this framework of theoretical concepts which can be regarded as an unsuccessful alternative to the British classical economics. However, this fruitful view of the economy has left a legacy of important contributions to economic theory.

Keywords: Classical and Preclassical, Economic Methodology, Entrepreneurship, Production and Organisations

JEL Classification: B1, B41, M13, D2

Suggested Citation

Menudo, José Manuel and O'kean, José María, The French Tradition: An Alternative Theoretical Framework (2006). Universidad Pablo de Olavide Economics Working Paper No. 06.24, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=940631 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.940631

José Manuel Menudo (Contact Author)

Universidad Pablo de Olavide ( email )

Carr. Utrera km 1
Seville 41013
Spain

José María O'kean

Universidad Pablo de Olavide ( email )

Ctra. Utrera, Km.1
Sevilla, Seville 41010
Spain

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