publication . Preprint . Book . Article . 2005

Experimental farming and Ricardo's political arithmetic of distribution

Mary S. Morgan;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 May 2005
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
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 method of Classical economics. The method of argument he developed depended upon numerical experiments that mirrored, in form and experience, the experimental accounts from agr...
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free text keywords: jel:N0, jel:Q1, jel:J1, jel:B1, HC Economic History and Conditions, S Agriculture (General), HB Economic Theory, D204 Modern History, Empirical evidence, Economy, Economics, Politics, Agriculture, business.industry, business, Neoclassical economics
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publication . Preprint . Book . Article . 2005

Experimental farming and Ricardo's political arithmetic of distribution

Mary S. Morgan;