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John Law (21 April 1671 died 21 March 1729) was a Scottish economist who believed that money was only a means of exchange that did not constitute wealth in itself and that national wealth depended on trade. He was appointed Controller General of Finances of France under King Louis XV. In 1716 Law established the Banque Générale in France, a private bank, but three-quarters of the capital consisted of government bills and government-accepted notes, effectively making it the first central bank of the nation. He was also responsible for the Mississippi Bubble and a chaotic economic collapse in France.Law was a gambler and a brilliant mental calculator. He was known to win card games by mentally calculating the odds. He originated economic ideas such as "The Scarcity Theory of Value" and the "Real bills doctrine". In 1705, Law wrote Money and Trade Considered With a Proposal for Supplying the Nation with Money, putting forth his economic ideas. This edition of his lengthy work includes a Table of Contents.

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