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'Classical' Roots of Input-Output Analysis: A Short Account of its Long Prehistory

Heinz Kurz () and Neri Salvadori ()

Economic Systems Research, 2000, vol. 12, issue 2, 153-179

Abstract: This paper discusses the roots of input-output analysis in 'classical' economics. The authors considered include Petty and Cantillon; Quesnay, the physiocrats and their critic Isnard; Smith, Ricardo, Torrens and Dmitriev; Marx, von Bortkiewicz and von Charasoff; Leontief; and Remak. It is argued that, in terms of method and content, input-output analysis is akin to the classical approach to the theory of production, distribution and relative prices in that (i) it requires all magnitudes to be observable and (ii) starts essentially from the same set of data. It is shown that many important modern concepts have been anticipated by the earlier authors. The prehistory of input-output analysis is also meant to provide new perspectives on potential future developments of the field.

Keywords: Circular Flow; Classical Economics; Reproduction Surplus Product; Value And Distribution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2000
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DOI: 10.1080/09535310050005671

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