CHARLES RICHARD DE BUTRÃ‰: AN ECONOMIST IN THE SHADOW OF FRANÃ‡OIS QUESNAY
Loïc Charles () and
Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2016, vol. 38, issue 2, 131-152
From 1759 to 1762, FranÃ§ois Quesnay regularly appealed to Charles Richard de ButrÃ© (1725â€“1805) when he had to make numerical estimates or perform non-elementary computations (Charles and ThÃ©rÃ© 2008). Although scarcely mentioned in the secondary literature, ButrÃ© was indeed an important collaborator of Quesnayâ€™s. The present article gives a detailed account of ButrÃ©â€™s contribution to Physiocracy by concentrating on the period from 1766 to 1768, when Quesnay conceived and published his last versions of the Tableau Ã©conomique. We show that ButrÃ© developed a sophisticated economic model. Although his model contains significant deviations from Quesnayâ€™s, ButrÃ©â€™s intent was to complement rather than criticize it.
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