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Karlin, and H. In Recent Advances in Game Theory. Philadelphia: The Ivy Curtis Press, Scarf, D. Gilford and M. Debreu , International Economic Review, Vol. Reprinted in Classics in Game Theory , ed. By the age of 26, he had become a wealthy stock market trader, and bought himself a constituency seat in Ireland to gain a platform in the British parliament's House of Commons.
Ricardo made a distinction between workers, who received a wage fixed to a level at which they could survive, the landowners, who earn a rent, and capitalists, who own capital and receive a profit, a residual part of the income. If population grows, it becomes necessary to cultivate additional land, whose fertility is lower than that of already cultivated fields, because of the law of decreasing productivity. Therefore, the cost of the production of the wheat increases, as well as the price of the wheat: The rents increase also, the wages, indexed to inflation because they must allow workers to survive as well.
Profits decrease, until the capitalists can no longer invest. The economy, Ricardo concluded, is bound to tend towards a steady state. John Stuart Mill — was the dominant figure of political economic thought of his time, as well as a Member of parliament for the seat of Westminster , and a leading political philosopher. Mill was a child prodigy, reading Ancient Greek from the age of 3, and being vigorously schooled by his father James Mill.
Mill's textbook, first published in and titled Principles of Political Economy was essentially a summary of the economic thought of the mid-nineteenth century. Principles of Political Economy was used as the standard text by most universities well into the beginning of the twentieth century [ citation needed ].
On the question of economic growth Mill tried to find a middle ground between Adam Smith's view of ever-expanding opportunities for trade and technological innovation and Thomas Malthus ' view of the inherent limits of population. In his fourth book Mill set out a number of possible future outcomes, rather than predicting one in particular.
The classical economists were referred to as a group for the first time by Karl Marx. These economists had seen the first economic and social transformation brought by the Industrial Revolution: rural depopulation , precariousness, poverty, apparition of a working class.
They wondered about population growth , because demographic transition had begun in Great Britain at that time. They also asked many fundamental questions, about the source of value, the causes of economic growth and the role of money in the economy.
They supported a free- market economy , arguing it was a natural system based upon freedom and property. However, these economists were divided and did not make up a unified current of thought. A notable current within classical economics was underconsumption theory, as advanced by the Birmingham School and Thomas Robert Malthus in the early 19th century. These argued for government action to mitigate unemployment and economic downturns, and were an intellectual predecessor of what later became Keynesian economics in the s.
Another notable school was Manchester capitalism , which advocated free trade , against the previous policy of mercantilism. Karl Marx begins with the concept of commodities. Before capitalism, says Marx, production was based on slavery — in ancient Rome for example — then serfdom in the feudal societies of medieval Europe. The current mode of labor exchange [ clarification needed ] has produced an erratic and unstable situation allowing the conditions for revolution. People buy and sell their labor as people buy and sell goods and services.
People themselves have become disposable commodities , as Marx wrote in The Communist Manifesto. Marx uses the word "commodity" in an extensive metaphysical discussion of the nature of material wealth, how the objects of wealth are perceived and how they can be used.
A commodity contrasts to objects of the natural world. When people mix their labor with an object it becomes a "commodity". In the natural world there are trees, diamonds , iron ore and people. In the economic world they become chairs, rings , factories and workers. However, says Marx, commodities have a dual nature, a dual value.
He distinguishes the use value of a thing from its exchange value. If commodities are considered absolutely isolated from their useful qualities the common property is human labor in the abstract. Marx attempted to support his theory by linking his ideas of " surplus value " and " socially necessary labor time " with the classical labor theory of value and theories of rent.
Marx theorized that people over-value commodities such as glimmering diamonds. The difference, in Marx's terminology, is " surplus value ". Marx believed that a reserve army of the unemployed would grow and grow, fueling a downward pressure on wages as desperate people accepted work for less. But this would produce a deficit of demand as the people's power to purchase products lagged.
A glut of unsold products would result, production would be cut back, and profits decline until capital accumulation halted in an economic depression. When the glut cleared, the economy would again start to boom before the next cyclical bust begins. With every boom and bust , with every capitalist crisis, thought Marx, tension and conflict between the increasingly polarized classes of capitalists and workers would heighten.
Ultimately, led by the Communist party , Marx envisaged a revolution and the creation of a classless society. Henry George is popularly recognized as the intellectual inspiration for the economic philosophy now known as geoism.
George is said to be the last classical economist. George's first book, Progress and Poverty , was one of the most widely printed books in English, selling between 3 and 6 million copies by the early s. Progress and Poverty sparked a worldwide reform movement and is sometimes marked as the beginning of the Progressive Era. Georgism declined in the second half of the 20th Century as the Marxist and Austrian and Keynesian neoclassical schools gained popularity.
However, there are still active Georgist organizations and land reform movements around the world. George's ideas have been incorporated into the philosophies of socialism , libertarianism , and ecological economics. Paul Samuelson listed Henry George as one of only six "American saints" in classical economics. Allen — popularized the use of mathematics in economics. Neoclassical economics developed in the s.