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Philipp von Hörnigk

Philipp von Hörnigk

German economist
Philipp von Hörnigk
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Intro German economist
Was Economist
From Germany
Type Finance
Gender male
Birth 23 January 1640, Frankfurt, Darmstadt Government Region, Hesse, Germany
Death 23 October 1714, Passau, Lower Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany (aged 74 years)
Family
Father: Ludwig von Hörnigk
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Biography

Philipp von Hörnigk (sometimes spelt Hornick or Horneck; 23 January 1640 – 23 October 1714) was a German civil servant one of the founders of Cameralism and a supporter of the economic theory of mercantilism.

Economic work

Von Hörnigk was born in Frankfurt am Main and died in Passau. He wrote in a time when his country was constantly threatened by Turkish invasion. In Oesterreich über alles, wann es nur will (1684, Austria Over All, If She Only Will) he laid out one of the clearest statements of mercantile policy. He listed nine principles of national economy.

"(1) To inspect the country's soil with the greatest care, and not to leave the agricultural possibilities of a single corner or clod of earth unconsidered...

Nationalism, self-sufficiency and national power were the basic policies proposed. By 1784 15 editions of his book had been produced.

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