Experimental Farming and Ricardo's Political Arithmetic of Distribution

  title={Experimental Farming and Ricardo's Political Arithmetic of Distribution},
  author={Mary S. Morgan},
  journal={History of Economics eJournal},
  • Mary S. Morgan
  • Published 2006
  • Economics
  • History of Economics eJournal
  • The development of David Ricardo’s economic theory of distribution - the laws that determine the share of output between the economic classes - depended on specific connections at several levels between two practical sciences of the early 19th century, namely experimental agriculture and political economy. This paper shows how Ricardo, one of the foremost British economists of his day, combined his empirical knowledge of farming and agricultural experiments to develop both the content and… CONTINUE READING
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