Cantillon and his Predecessors
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Any assessment of Cantillon's contribution to the develop ment of economics must depend on a comparison of his work with that of his predecessors and his successors. In this chapter, I will examine his most important predecessors, to see how much he took from them, and how much of his theory was entirely original. I will argue that none of them conceived of the economy as an interconnected system, in the sort of way Cantillon did, and that none of them had a theory of allocation, distribution, and pricing remotely comparable with Cantillon's.