This paper analyzes how Robert Torrens’s system of prices is applied to the aggregate economy. His personal interpretation of Say’s Law is articulated with a numerical illustration and the Hawkins-Simon conditions to exemplify how the correct supply of the ingredients of capital is presented as a necessary condition for the full clearing of markets. Next, the possible causes of a shortage in effectual demand are discussed. The quantitative illustrations developed by Torrens are carefully reviewed to show how the monetary factors play a crucial role during the general glut, as well as the appropriate policy measures to stabilise the economy. The final comments reflect on the originality of Torrens’s theoretical work.
Keywords: Torrens, classical economics, Say’s law, effectual demand, general glut
Jel Code: B12, B16, B31, B51