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PARETO, Vilfredo.

Programme d'économie politique.

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Published: Lausanne H. Vallotton, Guex & Cie., [1896]

Stock Code: 118576

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A short pamphlet detailing the schedule and recommended reading for Pareto's 1896 Lausanne lecture series on political economy, later annotated with page numbers referring to Pareto's first major work and the compilation of his lecture notes, Cours d'économie politique, first published in two volumes from 1896 to 1897. The series comprised 16 lectures and covered weekly topics such as bimetallism, economic crises, Gresham's law, monopolies, and the economic effects of Marx's collectivisation; with reference to works by Malthus, Owen, Proudhon, Ricardo, and Smith, among others.
Despite a a clash of temperaments, and disagreement on many economic issues, Walras recommended Pareto as his successor to the chair of political economy at the University of Lausanne, and Pareto took the position permanently in 1894. "In one of his letters Pareto wrote: 'the worthy Walras has ended up with only six students at his lectures. The Department of Education was afraid that I would give lectures which could only be understood by a handful of people'. (Letters, Vol. I, p. 162) In 1893 he had 56 students and all reports show that he was an excellent teacher" (Cirillo, p. 26). "As to the capacity of his students, he frequently complains, as for example in the letter of 3 June 1896: 'Just imagine! My students of mathematics do not know a thing, and they have no wish to know much about economics. Only what is needed for the examination, and not a whit more! The producer must furnish the goods which the consumer wants' (Vol. I, 209). 'The teaching of economics in the Faculty of Lausanne can only be very elementary. In a high school of social sciences, the real science of economics could be taught. You will have received my programme. It is very elementary, and yet even that is too much for my students!' (Vol. I, 211, 9 June 1896)" (Wood & McLure, p. 165). Keen to retire from teaching so that he could focus on his writing, Pareto handed over the main bulk of his lecturing responsibilities to a student of his, Vittorio Racca, in June 1900. He did not manage to leave entirely, however, and was persuaded to deliver weekly lectures until he finally retired in 1907.

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Octavo, pp. 16. Unbound, wire-stitched.


Neat pen and pencil annotations to contents.


Evenly browned, upper corner of first leaf cut away, a little light dampstain to pp. 9-12, two small tears to upper edge of final leaf, a very good copy.


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