The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Colbert, Jean-Baptiste (1619–1683)

  • D. C. Coleman
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Colbert was born at Reims on 29 August 1619 and died on 6 September 1683. In no way at all could he be called an economist. He was, however, one of the most powerful administrators, known to history, of measures affecting the economic life of a nation, to such an extent and with such lasting influence that his name is preserved in the notion of Colbertism.


Colbert, J.-B. Colbertism Mercantile system Mercantilism 

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