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W.E. Johnson’s 1913 Paper and the Question of His Knowledge of Pareto

Ivan Moscati ()

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Abstract: In 1913, the Cambridge logician W.E. Johnson published a famous article on demand theory in the Economic Journal. Although Johnson’s treatment of the subject strongly resembles the analysis set forth by Pareto in the Manual of Political Economy, Johnson does not cite the Italian economist. This has aroused a long-standing debate about Johnson’s actual acquaintance with Pareto’s works, but the debated point has never been thoroughly investigated. The present paper addresses the question of Johnson’s knowledgeof Pareto both from an analytical and historical viewpoint, by examining Johnson’s life in the Cambridge environment and his available unpublished papers. Even though the new evidence gathered gives some weight to the thesis that Johnson could not have been unaware of Pareto’s Manual, it cannot exclude the possibility that the logician wrote his paper autonomously.

Keywords: Johnson; Pareto; Cambridge School; Consumer Theory; Complementarity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B31 B13 B21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-his, nep-hpe and nep-pol
Date: 2005-06-16
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