The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, Vol. 8 Letters 1819-June 1821

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This period of Ricardo’s life witnessed his entrance into Parliament as a member of the House of Commons where he became an influential advocate of free trade through his opposition to Britain’s restrictive “Corn laws.” These letters preserve the intellectual give-and-take on many of the political economic issues of Ricardo’s age. The list of these eminent correspondents include: T. R. Malthus (1766-1834), an eminent economist, was a professor of History and Political Economy at the East India Company Haileybury College. Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) was the leading philosopher of utilitarianism. Jean Baptiste-Say (1762-1832) was a businessperson who became interested in economics and went on to provide significant contributions to the field, most notably Say’s law of markets.

The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, ed. Piero Sraffa with the Collaboration of M.H. Dobb (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2005). Vol. 8 Letters 1819-1821.

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First published by Cambridge University Press in 1951. Copyright 1951, 1952, 1955, 1973 by the Royal Economic Society. This edition of The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo is published by Liberty Fund, Inc., under license from the Royal Economic Society.

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