Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics

Pierre de Boisguilbert

The bio below comes from a published article and may now be dated.

Pierre de Boisguilbert (1646–1714) was the first economist to articulate a theory of laissez-faire, or non-intervention, in France. He promoted his challenging ideas in letters sent to ministers and senior officials, as well as in unauthorized books, censored and widely read. Already translated in Italian, German and even Chinese, writings of his can now be read in samples in English in Econ Journal Watch.