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François Quesnay
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François Quesnay, portrait by Heinz Rieter
Born (1694-06-04)4 June 1694
Méré near Versailles
Died 16 December 1774(1774-12-16) (aged 80)
Nationality French
School Physiocrats

François Quesnay ( 4 June 1694 – 16 December 1774) was a French economist and physician of the Physiocratic school. He is known for publishing the "Tableau économique" (Economic Table) in 1758, which provided the foundations of the ideas of the Physiocrats. This was perhaps the first work attempting to describe the workings of the economy in an analytical way, and as such can be viewed as one of the first important contributions to economic thought. His Le Despotisme de la Chine, written in 1767, describes Chinese politics and society, and his own political support for constitutional Oriental despotism.

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