Fascimile of Quesnay’s Tableau On the right side we see a copy of the Tableau Économique of François Quesnay, with its famous “zig-zag” (click for a bigger. Quesnay identified three distinct classes: A view of Quesnay’s original Tableau Economique shows a zigzag flow. [An updated version of this biography can be found at François Quesnay in the 2nd In Tableau économique, he detailed his famous zigzag diagram, a circular .

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The Farmer has a stock of previously-produced grain, Artisan has a stock of previously-produced crafts and the Landlord has a stock of cash indeed, all the cash. Quesnay claimed that the most “productive” sector is agriculturethe only one that can generate a net product.

A bad system of taxation, encroaching upon the advances of the Cultivators. Thus, he wanted Louis XV to deregulate trade and cut taxes so that France could begin to emulate wealthier Britain.

Quesnay married inand had a son and a daughter; his grandson by the former was a member of the first Legislative Assembly.

The French government had protected French manufacturers from tablfau competition, thus raising the cost of machinery for farmers, and had also sold to wealthy citizens the power to tax farmers. Higgs, The Physiocrats London, These reforms were much more sensible than his theorizing about the sterility of industry.

The left side of the Tableau represents the “productive” class farmer and the right side represents the “sterile” class artisan.

So “grain” includes not only wheat, oats and rye but also beef, leather, flax, hemp, wool, cotton, timber, etc. In return, the Laborer sells his labor-time, while the Merchant sells foreign inputs. The process has these steps consult Figure 1. Goods don’t exchange for goods, they must exchange for money.

Inhe became royal surgeon, economiquue in the service of the Duke of Villeroy inand inwas awarded the rank of doctor of medicine. To produce crafts, the Artisan needs i himself, ii foreign inputs and iii “grain” as direct raw material inputs.


François Quesnay

Farmer pays Laborer for his labor input, who then uses cash income to buy crafts. The French government had protected Fconomique manufacturers from foreign competition, thus raising the cost of machinery for farmers, and had also sold to wealthy citizens the power to tax farmers.

Industry and manufacturing were, under those existing circumstances that he wanted to changesterile. Industry and manufacturing, thought Quesnay, were sterile.

Tableau Economique – Francois Quesnay –

Finally, frwncois have one intangible good or service, ” labor input “. What we have in tableak are things like Venetian glass, Flemish lace, Malian ivory, Sudanese gold, Peruvian silver, Tahitian pearls, etc. It follows from Quesnay’s theoretic views that the one thing deserving the solicitude of the practical economist and the statesman is the increase of the net product; and he infers also what Smith afterwards affirmed, on not quite the same ground, that the interest of the landowner is strictly and indissolubly connected with the general interest of the society.

In his TableauQuesnay developed the notion of economic equilibrium, a concept frequently used as a point of departure for subsequent economic analyses. Qesnay was not anti-industry, however.

That is the difference between the Tableau and other circular flow diagrams.

Tableau économique

Both alike are equally unintelligible. Dashed arrows indicates the flow of an intangible service i. Only the latter needs to be acquired in the capital stage. Non-wage capital is acquired quexnay his tablleau stock of grain we will see this happens to be the entire remainder of the stock he didn’t sell during the zig-zag. Volume 31 International Publishers: So, the Artisan enters the final stage post-output with a stock of new crafts, while the Farmer enters the final stage with a stock of new grain plus all the cash.

This became the founding document of the Physiocrats and the ancestor of the multisectoral input-output systems of Wassily Leontief.

At the market, their goods ffrancois bought by different people. Views Read Edit View history.


Views Read Edit View history. All the capital set aside by the Artisan is used up in the production process, yielding crafts. Only the Farmer needs to hire Laborers. For the sake of simplicity, we have two production processes— grain and crafts—and both of them use previously accumulated stocks of grain as raw materials. The diagram above is simplified slightly, but not so as to require any modification of Quesnay’s Explanation.

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Artisan does not hire laborers, but he deals with foreign merchants who import foreign inputs and export grain abroad. Finally, livres are consumed in the productive class, by the men who produce them, and livres for feeding and care of the cattle.

At this stage in history, freely-contracted labor was primarily a countryside rather than a town phenomenon. As Mark Blaug writes, “It was only the effort to provide these reforms with a watertight theoretical argument that produced some of the forced reasoning and slightly absurd conclusions that invited ridicule even from contemporaries. The phrase laissez-fairecoined by fellow Physiocrat Vincent de Gournayis postulated to have come from Quesnay’s writings on China.

Quesnay believed, in opposition to the then-dominant French mercantiliststhat high taxes and high barriers to imported goods were the cause of French poverty.

Orientalism in Early Modern France: In this section, we shall reconstruct the Tableau in a color-coded way that is easier to read and analyze.