Introduction; Warren J. Samuels. I. The Multiple Role of the Biographer. II. The Sephardic Heritage in English Society. III. The Family Heritage: Eighteenth-Century Finance. IV. Boyhood in London and Amsterdam. V. The Taming of Tradition. VI. The Gestation of an Economist: Early Financial Career. VII. Malthus and the Corn Law: Ricardo and His Circle. VIII. Ricardo's Principles and the Question of Value. IX. Friendly Critics: Malthus and Ricardo on Political Economy. X. A New Career in Politics. XI. Equivocation: The Effects of Machinery on the Demand for Labor. XII. The Search for a Measure of Absolute Value. XIII. A Critique of the Twentieth Century Perspective. References. Index.
John P. Henderson's The Life and Economics of David Ricardo represents the first comprehensive personal and intellectual biography of the brilliant and influential British economist. Employing the talents of both a biographer and an economist, the author examines Ricardo's early years, his Sephardic origins and his employment in the London financial markets, as well as his later work on money and banking, international trade, economic instability and the theory of rent and value. Henderson also provides a thorough investigation of Ricardo's relationships with Thomas Robert Malthus and other classical economists.
The Life and Economics of David Ricardo will be of interest not only to historians of economic thought and students of economics, but also to any economist working in the Ricardian or Classical Political Economy tradition.
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