The Dutch and Portuguese-Jewish background of David Ricardo

@article{Heertje2004TheDA,
  title={The Dutch and Portuguese-Jewish background of David Ricardo},
  author={Arnold Heertje},
  journal={The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought},
  year={2004},
  volume={11},
  pages={281 - 294}
}
  • A. Heertje
  • Published 1 June 2004
  • History
  • The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought
This article deals with the Dutch and Portuguese-Jewish background of David Ricardo. The important pieces of information, found in the Amsterdam municipal archives, on the one hand correct, and on the other complement, the data presented by P. Sraffa. Recently, new evidence has been found on Ricardo's stay in Amsterdam in the years 1783 – 85. This evidence throws new light on Ricardo's relationship with his uncle Moses in Amsterdam. It is shown that his formal education was poor, but that his… 

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