Amand Schindler (1742-82): An Advocate of Free Trade in the Bohemian Enlightenment
19 Pages Posted: 1 Jan 2011 Last revised: 17 Jan 2011
Date Written: December 31, 2010
The teacher and school reformer Amand Schindler belonged to the physiocratic writers on economics who in the late eighteenth century argued in favor of free trade and against the prevailing mercantilist policies. In particular, he claimed that the ban on exporting corn from Bohemia led to a distortion of prices and to a welfare loss for domestic agriculture. Independently of Adam Smith he arrived at similar arguments but also held that liberalization would improve public morality and thus enhance general welfare. Though now completely forgotten, Schindler’s one book is an interesting example for the use of physiocratic arguments intended to make Joseph II abandon traditional cameralist policies.
Keywords: Enlightenment, physiocrats, mercantilism, cameralism, free trade, Catholic social thought
JEL Classification: B12, N73
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