Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics

Benoît Malbranque on Marquis D’Argenson and Liberal French Economic Thought circa 1750

Benoît Malbranque discusses an early statement of the laissez-faire principle that emphasized the impossibility of the state gathering sufficient knowledge to improve the outcome of free trade enterprise. He links it to earlier and later intellectual developments in liberal economic thought. His EJW contribution discussed in this podcast appeared in the September 2021 issue.

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