Isaac GERVAISE, French economist.
GERVAISE, Isaac was born in 1700.
Eighteenth-century Huguenot merchant in London known only for his System. This was a general equilibrium treatment of international trade containing an analysis of the various causes of disequilibrium. It is also unusual for its clear statement of the case for free trade at a time when such ideas were almost unheard of.
The quality of Gervaise’s argument and his intimate practical understanding of economic phenomena are both remarkable.