Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Historic Works’ First Lines) for Friday, April 28, 2017:
The annual labour of every nation is the fund which originally supplies it with all the necessaries and conveniences of life
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Kevin McCarthy, a postal clerk from Lincoln, Rhode Island
||Rachel Snyder, a writer from Grand Rapids, Michigan
||Alan Lin, a software engineer from Santa Barbara, California (4-day total: $84,400)
What is The Wealth of Nations?
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Adam Smith’s seminal economics work, 1776’s An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, is most famous for the concept of the “invisible hand”, which speaks of the unintended social benefits of individual actions. It is also well known in introductory economics as the “force” which pushes supply and demand towards equilibrium in classical economic theory.
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