Thomas Malthus and David Ricardo:

  • 2015

Thomas Malthus and David Ricardo:

The Impact of Personal Correspondence on the Development of Malthus’ Economic Theories from 1810-1823
Author:
Lenna Sliney
Abstract:

The development of Thomas Robert Malthus’ published economic works, including “An Essay on the Principle of Population,” was impacted by personal-professional correspondence with economist David Ricardo from 1810 to 1823. This work will identify and analyze correlation between Malthus’ discussion of economics in his correspondence and the editing and transformation of his published economic theories. Analysis on this topic requires access to the compilation of correspondence between Thomas Malthus and David Ricardo edited by Piero Sraffa and Maurice Herbert Dobb. This compilation will be paired, and compared chronologically to, Malthus’ “An Essay on the Principle of Population,” as well as other works published by Malthus during the same period.