Walras, Léon Marie Esprit

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Walras, Léon Marie Esprit


Born Dec. 16, 1834, in Evreux; died Jan. 5, 1910, in Montreux. Swiss bourgeois economist, the virtual founder and a major representative of the mathematical school of bourgeois political economy. Professor at Lausanne University from 1870 to 1892.

Walras developed a general statistical mathematical economics model of a national economy that is known as the system of general economic equilibrium. In the 1950’s and 1960’s this system was modified through the application of linear programming. The rational elements of Walras’ model are the posing of an extreme task for the national economy as a whole (the attainment of maximum effect with a minimum of expenditures) and the approach to prices as a component element of finding a general optimum. But Walras did not study the inner logic of capitalist production taken in its development and did not analyze its basic contradictions; he therefore made serious mistakes in solving individual problems. G. Cassel, A. Aftalion, and J. Schumpeter were followers of Walras.


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