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By Michael Fry

The participants, together with ten Nobel Laureates, think of topics as varied as Smith's use of knowledge, his perspective to human capital and his perspectives on monetary coverage. Heirs to Smith in addition they think about the present country of economics.

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This recognition may surprise us in two ways: first, in thus finding the seeds of our fundamental knowledge present at the end of the eighteenth century; second, at the inability of Smith, a man of vast culture and of truly encyclopedic knowledge,2 to confer a more precise form on his analyses, especially in view of his wide knowledge of mathematics. The Wealth of Nations Almost immediately after the appearance of Smith’s work, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations,3 all previous or contemporary economic writings were forgotten.

There we have two theorems of equivalence. As a matter of fact, they are two asymptotic theorems. It took more than two centuries for these three theorems to be proved. The proof rests fundamentally on three concepts: the concept of utility representing individual preferences; the concept of production function representing the operations of production; and the concept of surplus resulting either from exchange between two economic agents, or from the exchange on particular markets among several or among many economic agents.

Everywhere in Smith we discover analyses which were very promising, in that they really did open the way to all the later developments. This recognition may surprise us in two ways: first, in thus finding the seeds of our fundamental knowledge present at the end of the eighteenth century; second, at the inability of Smith, a man of vast culture and of truly encyclopedic knowledge,2 to confer a more precise form on his analyses, especially in view of his wide knowledge of mathematics. The Wealth of Nations Almost immediately after the appearance of Smith’s work, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations,3 all previous or contemporary economic writings were forgotten.

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