David Ricardo, one of the major figures in the history of economic thought, particularly in the English classical political economy, deployed his activities as economist just two hundreds of years ago. Since then his economics has been generally estimated as the culminating point of the classical economics, and his name and theory has been exerting an enduring influence up to the present. This book, consisting of articles contributed by historians economic thought on money and finance, intends to reappraise the Ricardo’s monetary and financial thought on the occasion of its bicentenary and to offer historical clues to understanding today’s world wide financial crisis.
The book consists of eight chapters divided into three parts. The first part is devoted to the historical back ground of Ricardo’s thought (Hume, Smith, Thornton etc). It serves to bring in relief the originality of Ricardo’s thought in the historical context. The second and central part consists of four chapters discussing the most important aspects of Ricardo’s monetary thought: Ricardo and quantity theory of money, the ideal monetary regime conceived by Ricardo very early in his career and matured till the last moment of his life, plan for the establishment of a national bank. In this part, the relation between the quantity of money and its value in Ricardo’s theory is examined in a new light and Ricardo as a non-quantity theorist. The two chapters in the third and last part discuss the problems raised after Ricardo in relation to his monetary thought.
Tracing Ricardo's economic thought to the early 19th century, this book may provide readers insight to help them understand the present day financial crises through his works.
Introduction: Ricardo’s monetary thought two hundred years after, Susumu Takenaga Part I: Ricardo’s monetary theory in historical context 1. Monetary disequilibrium and the demand for money in Ricardo and Thornton, David Glasner 2. Prices, value and seigniorage in Ricardo’s monetary economics, JŽr™me de Boyer des Roches 3. Old and new interpretations of classical monetary theory, Yuji Sato Part II: Aspects of Ricardo’s theory of money and finance 4. The value of money: labour theory of value and quantity theory in Ricardo’s economic theory, Susumu Takenaga 5. The role of the standard in Ricardo’s theory of money, Ghislain Deleplace 6. Interest rate, banking theory and monetary policy in Ricardo’s economics, Sylvie Diatkine 7. Ricardo’s theory of central banking: monetary system and government, Toshiaki Otomo Part III: The aftermath of Ricardo’s monetary thought 8. Ricardo versus Tooke: on the enduring value of their respective monetary theories to classical economics, Matthew Smith 9. Interwar reflections on the balance of payments: Taussig and the influence of the Ricardian bullionist tradition, Florencia Sember