Reproduction and scarcity: the population mechanism in classicism in the 'Jevonian revolution'

@article{Mosselmans1999ReproductionAS,
  title={Reproduction and scarcity: the population mechanism in classicism in the 'Jevonian revolution'},
  author={B. Mosselmans},
  journal={European Journal of The History of Economic Thought},
  year={1999},
  volume={6},
  pages={34-57}
}
  • B. Mosselmans
  • Published 1999
  • Economics
  • European Journal of The History of Economic Thought
We argue that the shift from classicism to neoclassicism in nineteenth-century Britain can be seen as a change from a reproductive environment with internal scarcity, as in Malthus's population mechanism, towards a non-reproductive environment with external scarcity, as in Jevon's theoretical and applied economic work. We reconsider Jevon's use of seemingly classical concepts as well as the role of the population mechanism in Jevons's works. 
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