Dr Richard Van Den Berg
MA(EconHist) MA(Econ) PhD(Econ)
Accounting, Finance and Informatics
KHBS209 Kingston Business School
Kingston Upon Thames
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Born in the Netherlands in 1967, I have lived in the UK for over 20 years. I have been working at Kingston University since 2002.
My principal research interest is the history of economic thought and business thought. My specialist period is 18th century France and Britain.
My most recent book, published in June 2015, is about the writings of the mysterious and brilliant Irish speculator Richard Cantillon (1687?-1734?). His Essay on the Nature of Trade in General, considered as the first treatise of economics, was actually published in three version during the 1750s. My book is the first variorum edition of the Essay comparing the three published versions as well as manuscript versions. For further information see http://www.tandf.net/books/details/9781138014589/
Amongst the other topics I am interested in are early mathematical contributions to economic theory and in 2006 I published a book on the French engineer A.N. Isnard (1748-1803) who was the first to use a system of simultaneous equations to study the theory of value. Related is my interest in the Tableau economique. Together with Professor A.E. Steenge (University of Groningen) I have proposed a new interpretation of Francois Quesnay's famous Tableau.
I am further interested in the perceived differences and relations, according to Enlightenment authors, between practical and theoretical economic knowledge. One aspect of this wider theme is the history of business education in Britain.
In 2013 I was awared the History of Economic Analysis Award. This is an annual prize awarded by the European Society for the History of Economic Thought for the best journal article in the field of history of economic thought. The crowned article is called "Something wonderful and incomprehensible in their oeconomy": The English versions of Richard Cantillon's Essay on the Nature of Trade in General'. For a free copy of this article, click here:
At undergradute level I teach the level 4 Economics for Business module and PhD level I teach selected topics. Previous teaching includes Business Statistics, Quantitative Research and Managerial Economics.
van den Berg, Richard (2016) Book Review of: 'Economics and other branches – in the shade of the oak tree: essays in honour of Pascal Bridel' edited by Roberto Baranzini and François Allison. The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 23(2), pp. 323-326. ISSN (print) 0967-2567
Van Den Berg, Richard and Steenge, Albert E. (2016) Tableaux and Systemes : Early French contributions to linear production models. Cahiers d'Economie Politique, 71, pp. 11-30. ISSN (print) 0154-8344 (In Press)
Van Den Berg, Richard (2014) Cantillon on profit and interest: new insights from other versions of his writings. History of Political Economy, 46(4), pp. 609-640. ISSN (print) 0018-2702
Van Den Berg, Richard (2014) Turgot's Valeurs et monnaies: our incomplete knowledge of an incomplete manuscript. The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 21(4), pp. 549-582. ISSN (print) 0967-2567
Van Den Berg, Richard (2012) 'Something wonderful and incomprehensible in their oeconomy': The English versions of Richard Cantillon's Essay on the Nature of Trade in General. The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 19(6), pp. 868-907. ISSN (print) 0967-2567
Steenge, Albert E. and Van den Berg, Richard (2007) Transcribing the Tableau économique: input-output analysis à la Quesnay. Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 29(3), pp. 331-358. ISSN (print) 1053-8372
Van Den Berg, R. (2004) "Un état de pleine concurrence": old and new controversies about the physiocratic theory of value. Économies et Sociétes, 38(8/9), pp. 1431-1458. ISSN (print) 0013-0567
Van den Berg, Richard and Dhesi, Gurjeet (2004) "The equilibrium is never perfect": the dynamic analysis of C.-F.-J. d'Auxiron. History of Political Economy, 36(1), pp. 1-29. ISSN (print) 0018-2702
Steenge, Albert E. and Van Den Berg, Richard (2001) Generalising the Tableau Economique: Isnard's Systeme des Richesses. International Journal of Applied Economics & Econometrics, 9(2), pp. 121-146. ISSN (print) 1530-7247
Van Den Berg, Richard and Salvat, Christophe (2001) Scottish subtlety: André Morellet's comments on the Wealth of Nations. The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 8(2), pp. 146-185. ISSN (print) 0967-2567
Van den Berg, Richard (2000) Differential rent in the 1760s: two neglected French contributions. The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 7(2), pp. 181-207. ISSN (print) 0967-2567
Van Den Berg, Richard [Editor] (2015) Richard Cantillon's essay on the nature of trade in general: a variorum edition. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. 530p. (Routledge Studies in the History of Economics) ISBN 9781138014589
Van Den Berg, Richard (2006) At the Origins of Mathematical Economics. The economics of A.N. Isnard (1748-1803). London : Routledge. 480p. (Routledge Studies in the History of Economics) ISBN 9780415306492
van den Berg, Richard (2016) Achilles-Nicolas Isnard (1748-1803). In: Faccarello, Gilbert and Kurz, Heinz D., (eds.) Handbook on the history of economic analysis: great economists since Petty and Boisguilbert. Cheltenham, U.K. : Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. pp. 101-103. ISBN 9781849801102
Van Den Berg, Richard (2010) John Gray's essential principles of the wealth of nations. In: Allington, Nigel F. B. and Thompson, Noel W., (eds.) English, Irish and subversives among the dismal scientists. Bingley, U.K. : Emerald. pp. 37-72. (Research in the history of economic thought and methodology, no. 28) ISSN (print) 0743-4154 ISBN 9780857240613
Van Den Berg, Richard (2009) The Spence-Mill debate: new thoughts inspired by input-output a la Quesnay. In: Prinz, Aloys , Hospers, Gert-Jan and Bunger, Bjorn, (eds.) Squaring the Circle: essays in honour of Bert Steenge. Berlin, Germany : LitVerlag. pp. 24-49. (Wirtschaft: Forschung und Wissenschaft) ISBN 9783825819743
Van Den Berg, Richard (2007) Economic equilibrium in the French Enlightenment: the case of A.N. Isnard. In: Mosini, Valeria, (ed.) Equilibrium in Economics: Scope and Limits. London : Routledge. pp. 92-113. (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy) ISBN 9780415391375
Van Den Berg, Richard (2002) Contemporary responses to the Tableau Economique. In: Boehm, Stephan , Gehrke, Christian , Kurz, Heinz D. and Sturn, Richard, (eds.) Is There Progress in Economics? Knowledge, Truth and the History of Economic Thought. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar. pp. 295-316. ISBN 9781840646832
Conference or Workshop Item
Van Den Berg, Richard (2014) The uses of Malachy Postlethwayt's Universal dictionary of trade and commerce in the Early American Republic. In: London and the Americas 1492-1812; 17 - 21 Jul 2014, Kingston Upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Van Den Berg, Richard (2010) In pursuit of the manuscript text of Richard Cantillon's essay on the nature of trade in general. In: Emerging Issues in Business and Law; 22 Jun 2010, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)