At a glance:
- Author: Adam Smith
- First Published: 1776
- Type of Work: Economics
- Genres: Nonfiction, Philosophy, Economics
- Subjects: Capitalism, Labor, Wealth, Commerce, Taxation, Economic policy
The classic statement of economic liberalism, the policy of laissez-faire, was written during a ten-year period by Adam Smith, a Scottish professor of moral philosophy. The book’s ideas were useful in encouraging the rise of new business enterprise in Europe, but the ideas could not have taken hold so readily had it not been for the scope of Smith’s work and the effectiveness of his style.
As a philosopher, Smith was interested in finding intellectual justification for certain economic principles that he came to believe, but as an economist and writer, he...
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