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By Robert Edward Mitchell

This open-minded, multidisciplinary strategy demanding situations current global perspectives at the endogenous and exogenous forces that force markets and economies.

• Explores how economists defined the forces that force markets and economies, explains why those descriptions have replaced over the years, and identifies the affects that historic occasions and the expansion of the economics career have had on those descriptions

• Questions even if the psychological versions and monetary assumptions firstly proposed through Adam Smith may still remain used

• Examines not just historical occasions and the improvement of financial and socio-political theories but in addition addresses questions about the way forward for economics and different social sciences

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Thomas Malthus and David Ricardo 37 Its principal use, and the reason, probably, that it has in general been held in such high estimation is that it adds greatly to the external power of a nation or to its power of commanding the labour of other countries; but it will be found, upon a near examination, to contribute but little to the increase of the internal funds for the maintenance of labour, and consequently but little to the happiness of the greatest part of society. Malthus also seems to have rejected the notion that increases in public health could improve the welfare of laborers.

He then hypothesized a psychological man who is driven by his own selfish interests in trucking and trading with other similarly selfish economic men in ways that add to the wealth of a nation. It is only when transactions are made that wealth can be created and economies grow. But selfish transactions can also have negative consequences. This, however, might be avoided, according to Smith, by the operation of another hypothetical force: an invisible hand. However, selfish economic men engaged in transactions under the guidance of the invisible hand need not work positively with one another for the benefit of the larger economy.

This constrained relationship was numerically expressed in the relative rates at which each variable increased. Again, population increased geometrically; food increased only arithmetically. Because each added mouth had to be fed, and because the amount of food available for feeding was limited, populations would have to remain constant or, more likely, decline in response to hunger and poverty. He summarized the above as follows: I think I may fairly make two postulata. First, That food is necessary to the existence of man.

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