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Adam Smith, The Father of Modern Economics

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Adam Smith, a Scottish businessman, thinker, and novelist who lived in the eighteenth century, is regarded as the founder of mainstream capitalism. Smith was a strong advocate of laissez-faire economic concepts and opposed high tariffs. Smith introduced the concept of an unseen hand, propensity of free markets to govern oneself via rivalry, supply and demand and self-interest.

His youth

Smith’s existence is first mentioned in writing at his christening on June 5, 1723, at Kirkcaldy, Scotland. Although his precise birthdate is uncertain, he was reared by his mother Margaret Douglas well after passing of his father Adam Smith. Just at 13, he enrolled in the University of Glasgow. Later, he went to Balliol School at Oxford University to study European culture. Following a number of very well courses he gave at Glasgow University after his come back home, the institution named him the seat of reasoning in 1751 and the professor of morality in 1752.

Smith gave a number of open lectures at the University of Edinburgh after leaving Scotland. His panel discussion was a triumph, and in 1751 Glasgow University appointed him as a lecturer. He ultimately became the Chair of Moral Philosophy. Smith sought to print several of his courses during the years that he spent studying and lecturing at Glasgow. The Philosophy of Moral Sentiments, his treatise, was subsequently released in 1759.

Modern Economics

In order to take somewhat more lucrative job as a private coach to Charles Townshend’s stepson, a potential Chancellor of the Exchequer and hobby mathematician, Smith relocated to France in 1763. Smith lived in France at the same period as Benjamin Franklin, and Voltaire, all intellectuals.

Free Markets

The theory of free markets places a strong emphasis on limiting the influence of government and taxation involvement in the marketplace. Smith supported a weak national government but believed that the government should be in charge of a nation’s defence and school programs. Smith is the source of the “hidden hands” theory, which describes how the supply and demand factors in a system are controlled. In accordance with this notion, everyone unintentionally contributes to the best possible result for everyone by watching out for oneself.

In this society, a fictitious baker, brewer, and butchers would expect to profit from the sale of goods that customers would want to purchase. They will reap monetary advantages if they successfully address the requirements of their clients. While they are operating their business to make money, they also offer goods that consumers demand. According to Smith, such a structure generates income for the butcher, brewery, and baker as well as for the rest of the country.