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The Economic themes in this book were value and free trade. The book also addresses many subsidiary issues. In the post Napoleonic era, England switched from mercantilism to free trade, or a closer semblance of free markets and a free movement of labor and capital, it reached its gilded age.
Although still an empire, under the influence of classical economic thinking such as Adam Smith or David Ricardo, England flourished while empires like Spain waned, and it was no coincidence.
Metaphorically mercantilism which saw countries economies as two tubs of baths, one hot and one cold, and when free trade is introduced or accelerated the hotter tub loses thermal energy and the cooler tub gains. For example, when the US trades with China, the US wealth or at least wealth creation is cooled off and Chinese wealth creation heats up or accelerates. Ricardo disagreed. These arguments initially seem counter intuitive until you understand economics and consumer and producer surplus gains from a comparative advantage.
Ricardo answers the above objection, that free trade is one sided, by use of logic and examples relevant to this 19th century world.
His theory was based on specialization and a nation would concentrate on production and of resources that each country could generate wealth in an optimal way in comparison to other nations. Any reallocation of the production process would be offset by efficiency gains. Ricardo used examples of Portugal producing cloth and wine at a lower cost than England but both England and Portugal would net out ahead.
Although his theory does contain weaknesses, he was aware of, his theory showed the benefits of free trade vastly outweighed the costs. For example, there were situations when capital was mobile as opposed to fixed and this would have different consequences.
However, in the end free trade would be a optimal. Specifically a country does not even have to have an absolute advantage to gain a comparative advantage. These terms Ricardo did not even use, but were coined and popularized by those like Johns Stuart Mill.
They have a self correcting mechanism. Free trade policy needs to be paired with a free money policy. If Florida grows sugar cane and makes molasses and Connecticut grows apples and makes apple cider, it benefits both states to have no restriction on interstate trade. It would not make economic sense for Connecticut to become a vertically integrated molasses producer.
States are little different then countries. Free trade between regions or even towns and or households is similar free trade between countries. In the Middle Ages medieval faires and markets between towns ushered a new prosperity.
For example, if the soil and conditions and the expertise to create cheese and grow grapes in France is established, and India is better suited to grow cotton and send this to Vietnam to create clothes which are designed in the US.
Why not allow this free economic process to unfold. The net result is consumers get lower prices and it takes less cost to produce a comparable good. Society can employ resources that were used in less efficient production processes and allocated them in a different way. Metaphorically when the PC was popularized if would have been inefficient to employ a legion of typists to do what a word processor could do.
Those typist or the next generation could work in medical research and do higher level tasks. Similarly, if India now grows cotton cheaper than the State of Georgia, people in Georgia can be employed in another field of work such as accounting or IT. Economics is dynamic and this will change every decade. However, the world is becoming more efficient with free trade and the most obvious consequence is general price stability and relative price deflation. Other topics in the book included a discussion on rent, wages and profit, and the labor theory of value.
The value of a commodity, or the quantity of any other commodity for which it will exchange, depends on the relative quantity of labour which is necessary for its production, and not on the greater or less compensation which is paid for that.
He refined it to a labor theory of value, something Marx would use as his core theory of value. However, many people conceptually still hold to a Ricardian theory of value. Ricardo noted that as population increased rents, because land was scarce and fix, would increase. He had made his money in the stock market but was concerned about the welfare of others.
He believed free trade would help alleviate this issue as it would increase the wealth of both countries involved. Ricardo foresaw technology improving the production process but at least in the short-term it created issues with labor and wages. More important he saw mechanization, increasing the Gini coefficient. That is the capitalist would benefit from the new technology and this would decrease the cost of production. While workers wages would decrease as competition included new machines as well as labor as an input in production.
This is the situation we have today. Increased competition with machines and vector learning lowers the wages of workers. However, his ideas are not only applicable, they are foreshadowing. If you read his work from the original context you can gain insights into the future of our global economies today. If you have question about the free trade debate, tariffs and how David Ricardo would respond if he were living today, please leave a comment or write me.
Mark Biernat - I write about frugality on the expense side and revenue generation ideas on the income side which can be applied to the country as a whole or your home economy. Please like this page on FB. Thank you. I think free trade requires a pre-condition — the two countries need to have the same respect for law, equality and democracy.
Although free trade with China has lowered the prices in the U. S and helped Chinese economy dramatically, it has created many problems. For China, it caused further violation on human rights and extreme wealth gaps; for the U. S, social problems and greater inequalities, and the lost of competitiveness.
So I believe that Ricardian theory of free trade is limited within countries with similar values and governmental system. There is a difference between free trade and fair trade. Ricardo wrote in a specific time when geographic specialization and comparative advantage was more pronounced.
That is the things of value were limited by geography. Today the main trade is not sugar cane and mills, rather, accounting, IT and customer service skills which can be done in any country for professionals. The old days people use to say the US could be a country of accountants and computer specialist and in contrast China and India could make little plastic toys.
I have news, the Chinese can do math and complex engineering, the Russians know something about computers and in India they have heard of IT. If not, then the world I live in is much more competitive for me personally, even if I get cheap consumer goods.
However, I still thing cooperation and trade is a net gain as long as it is fair or done at an arms length. Close Menu Economics. Great Economists. Investing Show sub menu. Stock market. Real Estate. Free Trade vs. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Show more.
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The Economic themes in this book were value and free trade. The book also addresses many subsidiary issues. In the post Napoleonic era, England switched from mercantilism to free trade, or a closer semblance of free markets and a free movement of labor and capital, it reached its gilded age. Although still an empire, under the influence of classical economic thinking such as Adam Smith or David Ricardo, England flourished while empires like Spain waned, and it was no coincidence. Metaphorically mercantilism which saw countries economies as two tubs of baths, one hot and one cold, and when free trade is introduced or accelerated the hotter tub loses thermal energy and the cooler tub gains. For example, when the US trades with China, the US wealth or at least wealth creation is cooled off and Chinese wealth creation heats up or accelerates.
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Distribution theory , in economics , the systematic attempt to account for the sharing of the national income among the owners of the factors of production—land, labour, and capital. Traditionally, economists have studied how the costs of these factors and the size of their return—rent, wages, and profits—are fixed. The theory of distribution involves three distinguishable sets of questions.
Political Economy is the term nineteenth-century writers use to refer to the study of what we today call macroeconomics, though its practitioners, such as Adam Smith, Mill, David Ricardo, and Karl Marx, were more philosophical and less empirical in their methods than modern economists. In this book, Mill examines the fundamental economic processes on which society is based: production, the distribution of goods, exchange, the effect of social progress on production and distribution, and the role of government in economic affairs. Book I deals with production and begins by identifying the basic requisites that enable production to exist: labor and natural objects. Labor may be defined as an agent of production, though not all labor leads to the production of a material object. Labor produces three types of utilities.
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