Who is Adam Smith?

  • (noun): Scottish economist who advocated private enterprise and free trade (1723-1790).
    Synonyms: Smith

Adam Smith

Adam Smith (5 June 1723 – 17 July 1790) was a Scottish moral philosopher and a pioneer of political economy. One of the key figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, Adam Smith is best known for two classic works: The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). The latter, usually abbreviated as The Wealth of Nations, is considered his magnum opus and the first modern work of economics. Smith is cited as the father of modern economics and is still among the most influential thinkers in the field of economics today. In 2009, Smith was named among the 'Greatest Scots' of all time, in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.

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Adam Smith - Legacy - As A Symbol of Free Market Economics
... Smith has been celebrated by advocates of free market policies as the founder of free market economics, a view reflected in the naming of bodies such as the Adam Smith Institute in London ... Alan Greenspan argues that, while Smith did not coin the term laissez-faire, "it was left to Adam Smith to identify the more-general set of principles that brought conceptual clarity to the seeming chaos of ... O'Rourke describes Smith as the "founder of free market economics" ...
Mercantilists - Criticisms
... Adam Smith and David Hume were the founding fathers of anti-mercantilist thought ... A number of scholars found important flaws with mercantilism long before Adam Smith developed an ideology that could fully replace it ... Adam Smith noted at the core of the mercantile system was the "popular folly of confusing wealth with money," bullion was just the same as any other commodity, and there was no reason to give it ...
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Adam Smith Foundation
... This article concerns the Adam Smith Foundation based in the state of Missouri in the United States, as opposed to the Adam Smith Foundation based at the University of Glasgow in Scotland ... The Adam Smith Foundation is a 501(c)(4) conservative advocacy organization formed in June, 2007 ...

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