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Wealth of Nations

Wealth of Nations

Author: Adam Smith

Year Published: 1776

Description: Wealth of Nations, or An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, was the first known published work focused on the factors that contribute to collective societies' wealth. Written by economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith during the Scottish agricultural revolution, it represented a significant paradigm shift in the field of economics, especially related to worker efficiency and division of labor, which Smith argued are the primary basis for growth. The book influenced a number of economists going forward, some in agreement with Smith's assertions and some not.

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'The greatest improvement in the productive powers of labor, and the greater part of the skill, dexterity, and judgment with which it is anywhere directed, or applied, seem to have been the effects of the division of labor.'

Wealth of Nations

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