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Knut Wicksell on the Causes of Poverty and its Remedy

By Mats Lundahl

Routledge – 2004 – 144 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Economics

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Description

Knut Wicksell is arguably the greatest Swedish social scientist of all time, and poverty was a theme that occupied him all his life. Indeed, it was probably Wicksell's interest in poverty that was the critical factor in drawing him away from his purely mathematical background towards a greater understanding of the social sciences as a whole.

In this outstanding volume, Mats Lundahl, one of the world's leading development economists, examines Wicksell's thinking in the area of poverty, and shows the importance of his contributions to this field.

Contents

1. Introduction 2. Tumultuous Beginnings: The Cause of Poverty and Its Remedy 3. The Causes of Population Growth: The French Prize Essay 4. The Centrepiece of Wicksell's Theory: Diminishing Returns 5. Overpopulation, Specialization and Trade 6. Emigration: A Solution of the Past 7. The Optimum Population 8. Wicksell's Views: A Summary Interpretation 9. Why Was Wicksell Accused of Lack of Originality?

Author Bio

Mats Lundahl is Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics

Name: Knut Wicksell on the Causes of Poverty and its Remedy (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Mats Lundahl. Knut Wicksell is arguably the greatest Swedish social scientist of all time, and poverty was a theme that occupied him all his life. Indeed, it was probably Wicksell's interest in poverty that was the critical factor in drawing him away from his...
Categories: Development Economics, History of Economic Thought, Economic History