The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Valeriani, Luigi Molinari (1758–1828)

  • Ugo Rabbeno
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95189-5_1851

Abstract

Born at Imola, near Bologna, Valeriani was a learned man, and well acquainted with the classical languages; he studied poetry, physics, law, and economics. He was appointed in 1797 a member of the legislative body in Milan, and in 1801 professor of public economy at the university of Bologna where Pellegrino Rossi was his pupil.

Born at Imola, near Bologna, Valeriani was a learned man, and well acquainted with the classical languages; he studied poetry, physics, law, and economics. He was appointed in 1797 a member of the legislative body in Milan, and in 1801 professor of public economy at the university of Bologna where Pellegrino Rossi was his pupil.

In his day Valeriani was widely known; he wrote many works, some of which were never published. Though diffuse and obscure in style, his writings deserve attention for the learning they display and a certain originality of conception. Trained both as a lawyer and an economist, his writings bear especially on the relation between economics and law. He devoted himself with assiduity to the theory of value, and wrote a book on the subject. He maintains that the law of value depends rigidly on supply and demand, supporting this theory with a geometrical illustration from the relative quantities of both; he combats the theory of cost of production and engaged in a controversy on this question with Melchiorre Gioja. In illustrating the theory of value he employs mathematical formulae. These are, however, not employed as a means of investigating the phenomena of prices, but are only symbols employed to express in mathematical language economic laws already known – as Montanari justly said.

Selected Works

1806. Del prezzo cose tutte mercantili.

1807. Trattato sulle misure.

1823. Trattato dei cambi.

1827. Saggio di erotemi di quella parte del gius delle genti e pubblico che dicesi pubblica economia.

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  • Ugo Rabbeno
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