Fascimile of Quesnay’s Tableau On the right side we see a copy of the Tableau Économique of François Quesnay, with its famous “zig-zag” (click for a bigger. François Quesnay’s achievement is one of the most remarkable in the history of economics. He published his first article on an economic problem in when. Quesnay identified three distinct classes: A view of Quesnay’s original Tableau Economique shows a zigzag flow.

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Farmer pays his Laborer completely tabbleau cash. Already in the book had disappeared from circulation, and no copy of it is now procurable; but, the substance of it has been preserved in the Ami des hommes of Mirabeau, and the Physiocratie of Dupont de Nemours.

India or Holland e. At the risk of confusion, we shall use the term ” grain ” as a catch-all term to denote the products of the agricultural sector. Since food cannot be stored easily, it is necessary to sell it to tabkeau who can use franccois. The first two are secured in the zig-zag stage.

Apprenticed at the age of sixteen to a surgeon, he soon went to Paris, studied medicine and surgery there, and, having qualified as a master-surgeon, settled down to practice at Mantes. To produce crafts, the Artisan needs i himself, ii foreign inputs and iii “grain” as direct raw material inputs.

Quesnay advocated reforming these laws by consolidating and reducing taxes, getting rid of tolls and other regulations that prevented trade within France, and generally freeing the economy from the government’s stifling controls. Louis XV esteemed Quesnay highly, and used to call him his thinker. The left side of the Tableau represents the “productive” class farmer and the right side represents the “sterile” class artisan. Only the latter needs to be acquired in the capital stage.

As an attempt to support this position, Quesnay developed his famous Tableau Economiquewhich purportedly showed that the only productive sector was agricultureand that industry was “sterile,” i. Higgs, The Physiocrats London, He conceived of the natural state of the economy as the balanced circular flow of income between economic sectors, and thus social classesmaximizing the net product.


Quesnay was not anti-industry, however. At this stage in history, freely-contracted labor was primarily a countryside rather than a town phenomenon.

These advances demand, moreover, much up-keep and renewals; hence the total of interest on the original advances for establishing the Husbandmen is, livres. Because of his admiration of ConfucianismQuesnay’s followers bestowed him with the title “Confucius of Europe.

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Quesbay, on the contrary, an increase of expenditure of the same extent occurred in the consumption or the exportation of raw materials, the reproduction of revenue would rise from livres to livres, and so on. THE productive Expenditure s are employed in agriculture, meadows, pastures, forests, mines, fishing, etc. New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards.

Encyclopedia of Political Economy. All the capital set aside by the Artisan is used up in the production process, yielding crafts. In the following account, we trace the movement of grains and crafts. Some of their products they retain internally, the rest they supply to market.

Down on the right side of the Tableau is the productive class Farmer and on the upper left side there is the Artisan. These reforms were much more sensible than his theorizing about the sterility of industry. Also, it was the ancestor of the multisectoral input-output systems of Wassily Leontief.

This assumption is not necessary, but we will do it for simplicity.

What we have in mind are things like Venetian glass, Flemish lace, Malian ivory, Sudanese gold, Peruvian silver, Tahitian pearls, etc. Instead, Quesnay constructed the table to fit his belief. Retrieved 21 July In return, the Laborer sells his labor-time, while the Merchant sells foreign inputs.

But reading it requires only a little bit of care. His argument was that artisans and manufacturers would come to France only in proportion to the size of the internal market for their goods. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Quesnay himself did not publish until the age of sixty. Non-wage capital is acquired from his previously-produced stock of grain we will see this happens to be the entire remainder of the stock he didn’t sell during the zig-zag.


But vineyards and gardens quednay large annual advances, which, taken econimique connection with those of the other parts, may on the average be included in the total of annual advances set forth above. This became the founding document of the Physiocrats and the ancestor of the multisectoral input-output systems of Wassily Leontief. Views Read Edit View history. Adam Smithduring his stay on the continent with the young Duke of Buccleuch in —, spent some time in Paris, where he made the acquaintance of Quesnay and some of his followers; he paid hableau high tribute to their scientific services in his Wealth of Nations.

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Such is the distributive order of the consumption of the native products among the different classes of citizens, and such is the idea we should have of the practice and the extent of the foreign commerce of a flourishing agricultural Nation.

These reforms were much more sensible than his theorizing about the sterility of industry. Farmer uses some of that cash received back from the laborer to buy more crafts for his own consumption. History of economic thought History of macroeconomic thought Economics Mainstream economics Heterodox economics Post-autistic economics Degrowth World-systems theory Economic systems.

This table was Quesnay’s way of trying to understand and explain the causes of growth. His father worked as a ploughman and merchant. The landlord is assumed to be consuming at a level of satiation; therefore, he cannot consume any more. Orientalism in Early Modern France: The “Sterile” class is made up of artisans and merchants. This sequential element is not captured in most simple “circular flow” diagrams where a barter economy is implicitly assumed and thus the time aspect omitted.