Richard Cantillon

1680 - 1734

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Richard Cantillon (French: [kɑ̃tijɔ̃]; 1680s – May 1734) was an Irish-French economist and author of Essai Sur La Nature Du Commerce En Général (Essay on the Nature of Trade in General), a book considered by William Stanley Jevons to be the "cradle of political economy". Although little information exists on Cantillon's life, it is known that he became a successful banker and merchant at an early age. His success was largely derived from the political and business connections he made through his family and through an early employer, James Brydges. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Cantillon has received more than 384,307 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Richard Cantillon is the 97th most popular economist (up from 98th in 2019), the 46th most popular biography from Ireland (up from 52nd in 2019) and the most popular Economist.

Richard Cantillon is most famous for his theory of the "circular flow of wealth." Cantillon theorized that money moves in a circular fashion and that the use of money is not limited to a single transaction.

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Among economists, Richard Cantillon ranks 97 out of 315Before him are Eugen Dühring, Lawrence Klein, Hermann Heinrich Gossen, Merton Miller, George Akerlof, and János Kornai. After him are Douglas McGregor, Friedrich von Wieser, John Harsanyi, William Vickrey, Alan Greenspan, and Alfred Weber.

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Among people born in 1680, Richard Cantillon ranks 5Before him are Blackbeard, Catherine Opalińska, Benjamin Hornigold, and Charles Vane. After him are Ferdinand Albert II, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, James Anderson, Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria, Saliha Sultan, Princess Luise Dorothea of Prussia, Ephraim Chambers, and Emanuele d'Astorga. Among people deceased in 1734, Richard Cantillon ranks 4Before him are Georg Ernst Stahl, Rob Roy MacGregor, and Claude Louis Hector de Villars. After him are James FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick, Sebastiano Ricci, Giovanni Ceva, Abigail Masham, Baroness Masham, Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth, Johann Conrad Dippel, Domenico Trezzini, and James Thornhill.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Richard Cantillon ranks 46 out of 501Before him are Iris Murdoch (1919), Dolores O'Riordan (1971), Bertie Ahern (1951), Columba (521), Causantín mac Cináeda (836), and Brendan Gleeson (1955). After him are Ethel Voynich (1864), John Tyndall (1820), Maureen O'Hara (1920), Harald Gille (1103), Ernest Walton (1903), and John Toland (1670).

Among ECONOMISTS In Ireland

Among economists born in Ireland, Richard Cantillon ranks 1After him are Francis Ysidro Edgeworth (1845).