Faculty Publications

Title

Sima Qian and Adam Smith

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Pacific Economic Review

Volume

4

Issue

1

First Page

85

Last Page

87

Abstract

In the (Pacific Economic Review 1, 137-45), Leslie Young argued that Sima Qian anticipated Adam Smith's famous concept of the 'invisible hand.' While this point is beyond dispute, Young makes the additional claim that Smith's conception of the natural order was probably 'imported from China.' This paper demonstrates that Smith's vision of the natural order was not imported from China.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1999

DOI of published version

10.1111/1468-0106.00064

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