The Essay on Trade
Tucker’s formal entry into the field of study eventually to be known as political economy or economics was made with A Brief Essay on the Advantages and Disadvantages which Respectively Attend France and Great Britain with Regard to Trade,…, published in 1749. Although it does not represent his last word on the subject, it is worth examining in some detail, not only because it was his first work in economics as such, but also because it was the one for which he was best known in his own day. Both the Elements of Commerce and the Instructions for Travellers, written later as parts of a never completed ‘great work’, were only printed for private circulation amongst friends, although an Irish edition of the Instructions did appear later.
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- 1.Josiah Tucker, A Brief Essay on the Advantages and Disadvantages which Respectively Attend France and Great Britain with Regard to Trade… (Essay on Trade), 3rd edn, corrected with additions (1753) pp. i–ii.Google Scholar
- 2.Bruno Suviranta, The Theory of the Balance of Trade in England. A Study in Mercantilism (Helsingfors, 1923) p. 25.Google Scholar