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FISHER, Irving.

Mathematical Investigations in the Theory of Value and Prices.

[From Transactions of the Connecticut Academy, Vol. IX, July 1892.]

New Haven: Connecticut Academy, 1892 Stock Code: 132053
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Original offprint of Fisher's "startlingly original PhD thesis" (Blaug) which contained, among other things, the design of a machine to illustrate general equilibrium in a multi-market economy. This work expounds his monetary theories and established his international reputation.

"Fisher's aim in his Mathematical Investigations, was to present a general mathematical model of the determination of value and prices. He claimed to have specified the equations of general economic equilibrium for the case of independent goods (chapter 4, sec. 10), although the only mathematical economist whose work he had consulted was Jevons. With commendable honesty he recognizes the priority of Walras's Eléments d'économie politique pure (1874) as far as the equations of the general equilibrium are concerned and likewise the priority of Edgeworth's Mathematical Psychics (1881) as regards the concept of utility surfaces. It appears that, although only a student, Fisher had independently developed a theory of general economic equilibrium that was identical to part of Walras's and included the concept of the indifference surface, one of the fundamental bases of modern economic theory" (IESS V, pp. 476-7).

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Octavo, pp. 124. Original printed green wrappers, rebacked, front lettered in black. Housed in a drop-back cloth box.


Printed "Compliments of the Author" slip tipped-in before title. Front wrapper chipped and sometime detached, now lined with archival tissue, with loss to head and inner margin now infilled, subsequent vertical fracture to rear wrapper, close to spine repair.


Fisher, E-8. See Blaug, Great Economists before Keynes, p. 77-81.


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