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Richard Jones (1790, Tunbridge Wells — 20 January 1855, Hertford Heath) was an English economist who criticised the theoretical views of David Ricardo and T. R. Malthus on economic rent and population.

The son of a solicitor, Jones was intended for the legal profession, and was educated at Caius College, Cambridge. Owing to ill-health, he abandoned the idea of the law and took orders soon after leaving Cambridge. For several years he held curacies in Sussex and Kent.

In 1833 Jones was appointed professor of political economy at King's College London, resigning this post in 1835 to succeed T. R. Malthus in the chair of political economy and history at the East India College at Haileybury. He took an active part in the Tithe Commutation Act 1836 and showed great ability as a tithe commissioner, an office which he filled till 1851. He was for some time, also, a charity commissioner. He died at Haileybury, shortly after he had resigned his professorship.

In 1831 Jones published his Essay on the Distribution of Wealth and on the Sources of Taxation, his most important work. In it he showed himself a thorough-going critic of the Ricardian system.

Along with Charles Babbage, Adolphe Quetelet, William Whewell and Thomas Malthus, Jones was instrumental in founding the Statistical Society of London (later "Royal Statistical Society") in 1834. This was an outgrowth of the Statistical Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

Jones's method is inductive; his conclusions are founded on a wide observation of contemporary facts, aided by the study of history. The world he professed to study was not an imaginary world, inhabited by abstract "economic men," but the real world with the different forms which the ownership and cultivation of land, and, in general, the conditions of production and distribution, assume at different times and places. His recognition of such different systems of life in communities occupying different stages in the progress of civilization led to his proposal of what he called a "political economy of nations." This was a protest against the practice of taking the exceptional state of facts which exists, and is indeed only partially realized, in a small corner of our planet as representing the uniform type of human societies, and ignoring the effects of the early history and special development of each community as influencing its economic phenomena.

Jones is remarkable for his freedom from exaggeration and one-sided statement; thus, whilst holding Malthus in esteem, he declines to accept the proposition that an increase of the means of subsistence is necessarily followed by an increase of population; and he maintains what is undoubtedly true, that with the growth of population, in all well-governed and prosperous states, the command over food, instead of diminishing, increases.

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Total Books: 242
2021 - Perdu (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781682632482
ISBN-10: 1682632482
Genre: Children's Books

Call of Nature
2020 - Call of Nature [Chinese Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9787559830951
ISBN-10: 7559830951
Genre: Reference

2019 - Wasp [Animal] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781789141610
ISBN-10: 1789141613
Genre: Science & Math

2018 - Beetles [Collins New Naturalist Library - Book 136] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780008296575
ISBN-10: 000829657X
Genre: Science & Math

The Jack the Ripper Files The Illustrated History of the Whitechapel Murders
Banksy's Bristol Home Sweet Home
2016 - Banksy's Bristol Home Sweet Home (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781910089309
ISBN-10: 1910089303
Genre: Arts & Photography

House Guests House Pests A Natural History of Animals in the Home
2016 - House Guests House Pests a Natural History of Animals in the Home (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781472921857
ISBN-10: 1472921852
Genres: Reference, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Science & Math
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Learning Drupal 8
2016 - Learning Drupal 8 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781782168751
ISBN-10: 1782168753
Genre: Computers & Technology

Strategy Genius 40 Insights from the Science of Strategic Thinking
2015 - Strategy Genius 40 Insights From the Science of Strategic Thinking (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781473605381
ISBN-10: 1473605385
Genre: Business & Money

Student's Study Guide and Selected Solution Manual for Chemistry for Changing Times
Getting Started with Drupal Commerce
2013 - Getting Started with Drupal Commerce (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781783280230
ISBN-10: 1783280239
Genre: Computers & Technology

A Dude's Guide to Babies The New Dad's Playbook
Jones Mental Health Act Man E15
2012 - Jones Mental Health Act Man E15 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780414025097
ISBN-10: 0414025091
Genre: Law

Manga Dragons
2012 - Manga Dragons [Learn to Draw Manga] (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781448878741
ISBN-10: 1448878748
Genre: Children's Books

Piano Exam Pieces 2013  2014 Abrsm Grade 2
2012 - Piano Exam Pieces 2013 2014 Abrsm Grade 2 [Abrsm Exam Pieces] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781848494022
ISBN-10: 1848494025
Genre: Arts & Photography

2012 - Mosquito [Reaktion Books - Animal] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781861899231
ISBN-10: 1861899238
Genre: Science & Math

Myths and Legends of Britain and Ireland
Bodmin  Wenford Railway Recollections
2012 - Bodmin Wenford Railway Recollections [Nostalgia Collection 25] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781857943900
ISBN-10: 1857943902
Genre: Engineering & Transportation

Study Guide and Selected Solutions Manual for Chemistry for Changing Times
The Bible The World's Most Misunderstood Book Examining Popular Religious Beliefs in the Light of Bible Truth
2011 - Advanced Garbage Collection Algorithms for Automatic Dynamic Memory Management [Chapman & Hall/CRC Applied Algorithms and Data Structures series] (Hardcover)
2011 - Thorps in a Changing Landscape [Explorations in Local and Regional Histo] (Paperback)
2008 - Guns Recognition Guide [Jane's Recognition Guide] (Paperback)
2006 - Vampyre (Paperback)
2006 - The Institutional Repository [Chandos Information Professional] (Paperback)Hardcover
2004 - Drafted (Paperback)
2001 - Investigations and Enforcement [Butterworths Compliance] (Paperback)
2000 - C By Discovery [3rd Edition] (Paperback)
1994 - England's Favorite Cities [Frommer's Memorable Walks] (Paperback)
1993 - Minibeasts [Pocket Pull-outs S] (Other)
1993 - Frommer's Walking Tours London [Frommer's Walking Tours] (Paperback)
1990 - Sonnets (Paperback)
L'ideologie De L'action Catholique 19171939 [Histoire et sociologie de la culture - French Edition] (Other)
Duplessis and the Union Nationale Administration [Historical booklet / Canadian Historical Association historical booklet] (Paperback)
Haunted London Discovering the City's Best Kept Secrets [Discovering the City's Best Kept Secrets] (Paperback)
Security Strategy and Critical Theory [Critical Security Studies] (Hardcover)