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The Life and Economics of David Ricardo - John P. Henderson

The Life and Economics of David Ricardo

Hardcover Published: 31st July 1997
ISBN: 9780792399377
Number Of Pages: 679

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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.

Introductionp. 1
The Multiple Role of the Biographerp. 15
Ricardo's Three Careersp. 18
Ricardo The Man and His Timesp. 19
Ricardo and the Economistsp. 26
Sraffa's Ricardop. 36
The Post-Sraffa Literaturep. 40
The Ingredients of Biographyp. 42
The Sephardic Heritage in English Societyp. 51
Religion and Commercep. 55
The Judah-Israel Kingdomp. 58
The Early Jews of Englandp. 64
The Period of the Expulsionp. 70
The London Sephardimp. 76
The Family Heritage: Eighteenth-Century Financep. 79
The Israel Ricardosp. 81
The New Instruments of Credit and Financep. 86
Origins of the London Stock Exchangep. 89
The Jacobite Threatp. 99
The Family of Abraham Israel Ricardo and Abigail Delvallep. 105
Boyhood in London and Amsterdamp. 113
Countryside and Cityp. 115
The City and Metropolis of Londonp. 121
The London Mobp. 128
The Parental Familyp. 134
David's Educationp. 142
The Years in Amsterdamp. 147
A Rite of Passagep. 153
The Taming of Traditionp. 155
Bow and Old Fordp. 159
The Identity Conflictp. 166
"Osman" and "Jesse"p. 179
The Lifestyle of David and Priscillap. 185
The Gestation of an Economist: Early Financial Careerp. 191
The Water and the Fishp. 195
"Romer's Rule"p. 198
"Let Your Profits Run On"p. 212
Political Economy During the First Decade of the Centuryp. 220
Monetary Expediencyp. 241
Malthus and the Corn Law: Ricardo and His Circlep. 269
James Mill and Robert Malthusp. 274
The Private Debate, 1811-1815p. 300
Public Debate, 1815: Malthus and Ricardo on the Corn Lawp. 315
"Over Again More at Large"p. 332
The Facility of Production, Relative Prices and the Effects Upon Profitsp. 341
Bank of England Profits and A Partial Return to Specie Paymentp. 354
Ricardo's Principles and the Question of Valuep. 373
The Provident Institutionsp. 388
New Critics and Convertsp. 398
Writing the Principlesp. 419
The Role of Ricardo's Theory of Valuep. 432
The Theory of Value in the First Editionp. 439
The Reaction to Ricardo's First Editionp. 449
Changes in Ricardo's Second Editionp. 477
The Theory of Value in the Third Editionp. 485
Friendly Critics: Malthus and Ricardo on Political Economyp. 507
Malthus's Concept of Effective Demand and Its Influence Upon Ricardian Analysisp. 508
Malthus's Theory of Valuep. 511
The Role of Demandp. 514
The Theory of Profitsp. 515
The Theory of Rentp. 517
Summary of Malthus's Principlesp. 519
Ricardo's "Notes on Malthus"p. 520
Malthus's Measure of Valuep. 522
The Political Economy Club: Robert Torrens and the Decline of Ricardo's Influencep. 526
A New Career in Politicsp. 555
The Debate Over Ricardo in Parliamentp. 558
Ricardo's Two Essays on Parliamentary Reformp. 562
"Observations on Parliamentary Reform"p. 562
"Defense of the Plan of Voting By Ballot"p. 565
Ricardo on Religious Tolerationp. 568
Conclusionsp. 573
Equivocation: the Effects of Machinery on the Demand for Laborp. 575
Barton's Observationsp. 577
"On Machinery"p. 580
The Challenge to Ricardo's Visionp. 586
The Challenge to Ricardo's Economic Methodologyp. 591
Concluding Remarksp. 594
The Search for a Measure of Absolute Valuep. 595
Ricardo's Two Problems in Thinking About An Invariable Standardp. 596
"Absolute Value and Exchangeable Value"p. 603
The First Draftp. 603
The Unfinished Draftp. 606
Sraffa's Interpretationp. 611
A Critique of the Twentieth Century Perspectivep. 615
The Partial Eclipse of Ricardian Theoryp. 621
The Sraffa Edition of Ricardop. 632
The Reaction to Sraffa's "Ricardo"p. 645
Conclusionp. 656
Referencesp. 657
Indexp. 677
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ISBN: 9780792399377
ISBN-10: 0792399374
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 679
Published: 31st July 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.15