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Malthus's Abandonment of Agricultural Protectionism: A Discovery in the History of Economic Thought

@article{Hollander1992MalthussAO,
  title={Malthus's Abandonment of Agricultural Protectionism: A Discovery in the History of Economic Thought},
  author={S. Hollander},
  journal={The American Economic Review},
  year={1992},
  volume={82},
  pages={650-659}
}
  • S. Hollander
  • Published 1992
  • Economics
  • The American Economic Review
Thomas Robert Malthus, it is universally known, opted for agricultural protection in the great Corn Law debates at the close of the Napoleonic Wars. He was the only major economist to do so and has been regarded ever since as something of an anomaly. This paper reports a finding that seems to remove the anomaly-the apparent fact that Malthus as early as 1824 withdrew his support for the prohibitory Corn Laws. The episode lends credence to his persistent claim that his original protectionism was… Expand
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