David Ricardo

AAA

DEFINITION of 'David Ricardo'

A classical economist known for his Iron Law of Wages, labor theory of value, theory of comparative advantage and theory of rents. David Ricardo and several other economists also simultaneously and independently discovered the law of diminishing marginal returns. His most well-known work is the The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation (1817).

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'David Ricardo'

Born in England in 1772, Ricardo had accumulated a sizable estate worth approximately £1 million at the time despite being disinherited by his family after marrying outside his religion. His wealth came from his success with a business he started that dealt government securities. After retiring at age 42, he served as a member of Parliament.



RELATED TERMS
  1. Economic Rent

    An excess payment made to or for a factor of production over ...
  2. Comparative Advantage

    The ability of a firm or individual to produce goods and/or services ...
  3. Dismal Science

    A term coined by Scottish writer, essayist and historian Thomas ...
  4. Classical Economics

    Classical economics refers to work done by a group of economists ...
  5. Law of Diminishing Marginal Returns

    A law of economics stating that, as the number of new employees ...
  6. Endowment Effect

    The endowment effect describes a circumstance in which an individual ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. No results found.
Related Articles
  1. Fundamental Analysis

    How Influential Economists Changed Our History

    Find out how these five groundbreaking thinkers laid our financial foundations.
  2. Economics

    The Austrian School Of Economics

    Investopedia explains: If you think economists are only concerned with numbers, check out the Austrian School, who are more like economic philosophers.
  3. Economics

    Adam Smith: The Father Of Economics

    This free thinker promoted free trade at a time when governments controlled most commercial interests.
  4. Economics

    The Uncertainty Of Economics: Exploring The Dismal Science

    Learning about the study of economics can help you understand why you face contradictions in the market.
  5. Economics

    Why Can't Economists Agree?

    There are many reasons why economists can be given the same data and come up with entirely different conclusions.
  6. Economics

    Does A Junk Rating Reflect Russia's Fundamentals?

    Moody’s, like other credit rating agencies, has downgraded Russia’s sovereign debt rating to non-investment grade, but does this reflect Russia's economy?
  7. Investing

    What Has Been Groupon’s Growth Strategy?

    Groupon established a strategy with efforts to become a broader force in the e-commerce world and to expand more strongly into international markets.
  8. Economics

    The Impact Of Ending The US Embargo On Cuba

    Many argue that ending the US embargo on Cuba will not only make US consumers happy, but also help the US economy and bring more freedoms to Cuba.
  9. Economics

    This Is A Small Country With Huge Potential to Grow

    Trinidad and Tobago's increased revenue and economic success have been primarily generated by its energy sector, but it still might be best to diversify.
  10. Economics

    Is The US Dependence On Foreign Oil Necessarily A Bad Thing?

    We examine the myths and facts about US dependence upon foreign oil.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Sunk Cost

    A cost that has already been incurred and thus cannot be recovered. A sunk cost differs from other, future costs that a business ...
  2. Technical Skills

    1. The knowledge and abilities needed to accomplish mathematical, engineering, scientific or computer-related duties, as ...
  3. Prepaid Expense

    A type of asset that arises on a balance sheet as a result of business making payments for goods and services to be received ...
  4. Gordon Growth Model

    A model for determining the intrinsic value of a stock, based on a future series of dividends that grow at a constant rate. ...
  5. Cost Accounting

    A type of accounting process that aims to capture a company's costs of production by assessing the input costs of each step ...
  6. Law Of Supply

    A microeconomic law stating that, all other factors being equal, as the price of a good or service increases, the quantity ...
Trading Center