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Consumption as an Investment : Routledge Studies in the History of Economics - Cosimo Perrotta

Consumption as an Investment

Routledge Studies in the History of Economics

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Published: 26th August 2004
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There is a "missing idea" in economic thought: the relationship between an increase in consumption and increased productivity. It disappeared thanks to an attitude which Heckscher referred to as a "fear of goods." This book attempts to trace the absence of this idea, its origins and consequences, from ancient times to the present day.
Cosimo Perrotta seeks in these pages to establish the theoretical importance of the idea of "consumption as an investment" as well as to conduct an in-depth study into the changing and contradictory attitudes towards consumption in the history of economic thought.
Until now, there has been no book which has charted the history of consumption through the history economic thought. Thankfully, this volume fills the gap admirably and as such will greatly interest historians from many disciplines as well as economists generally.

Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgementsp. xviii
Introductionp. 1
The Ancients and Inner Wealthp. 11
Patristicsp. 43
Medieval Dualismp. 57
Italian Humanism Ignores Economic Developmentp. 87
From Alms to Human Capitalp. 112
Spain's Unproductive Consumptionp. 137
Expanding Productionp. 158
Productive and Unproductive Labourp. 179
Foreign Tradep. 204
The Enlightenment Theory of Developmentp. 223
Notesp. 244
Referencesp. 291
Subject Indexp. 364
Name Indexp. 370
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ISBN: 9780415306195
ISBN-10: 0415306191
Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Economics
Audience: Adult Education
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 378
Published: 26th August 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.1  x 2.74
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 1