James Anderson's Political Economy--His Influence on Smith and Malthus

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Abstract

James Anderson's powerful critique of Adam Smith's position on the corn export bounty was published in 1777. It focuse d on Smith's proposition that the bounty could not lead to increased corn production because it could not increase corn's real price. Smit h's response to the critique is traced in later editions of Wealth of Nations. While Anderson's critique of Smith influenced Thomas Malthu s's writings from 1803 onwards, his theory of differential rent did n ot influence Malthus at this stage. An examination of the evolution o f Malthus's ideas on rent between 1803 and 1815, however, indicates t hat Malthus knew and used Anderson's work on rent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-409
Number of pages22
JournalScottish Journal of Political Economy
Volume34(4)
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1987

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