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Ricardo and his contemporaries on Monetary Reform and the National Debt

Laskaridis Christina, Economics Department, SOAS

After the end of the Napoleonic war, few issues of public policy dominated discussions in England as fervently as the issue of currency and the national debt. A time of civil unrest and social change, the circulation of ideas and pamphlets was prolific. Ricardo stands out as an economist and a Member of Parliament whose blueprints for reforms were widely influential. The paper places his views among his contemporaries’ proposals on monetary reform and National Debt.


Keywords: Ricardo, Public finance in HET, National Debt, Monetary reform

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