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The Economics of Trade Liberalization: Charles S. Peirce and the Spanish Treaty of 1884

CHOPE Working Paper No. 2017-11

30 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2017 Last revised: 7 Aug 2017

James R. Wible

University of New Hampshire - Department of Economics

Kevin D. Hoover

Duke University - Departments of Economics and Philosophy

Date Written: July 10, 2017

Abstract

In the 1870s and 1880s, the scientist, logician, and pragmatist philosopher Charles S. Peirce possessed an advanced knowledge of mathematical economics, having mastered and criticized Cournot as early as 1871. In 1884 he engaged in a multi-round debate with the editors of The Nation over the economics of trade liberalization in the case of a proposed trade treaty with Spain concerning import tariffs on Cuban and Puerto Rican sugar. The debate is reconstructed and related carefully both to Peirce’s understanding of mathematical economics and to his philosophy of science.

Keywords: Charles S. Peirce, International Trade, Tariffs, Trade Policy, Economic Methodology, Mathematical Economics

JEL Classification: B17, B16, F10, B31, B41

Suggested Citation

Wible, James R. and Hoover, Kevin D., The Economics of Trade Liberalization: Charles S. Peirce and the Spanish Treaty of 1884 (July 10, 2017). CHOPE Working Paper No. 2017-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3010203

James R. Wible

University of New Hampshire - Department of Economics ( email )

Durham, NH 03824
United States

Kevin D. Hoover (Contact Author)

Duke University - Departments of Economics and Philosophy ( email )

213 Social Sciences Building
Box 90097
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States

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