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Henry Thornton in the History of Economics: Confusions and Contributions


  • Peake, Charles F


Some past writers have misinterpreted Henry Thornton's contributions, confusing Henry and his brother Samuel, denigrating his importance, and incorrectly attributing some of his ideas to David Ricardo. Thornton's rediscovery during the interwar period focused on the international transfer mechanism. In a previously unrecognized, strikingly modern discussion, he also anticipated the role of interest rates and expected exchange depreciation in interest rate parity and he attributed international interest rate differentials to disparities in risk. Thornton's exchange rate analysis supports Hicks's interpretation that Thornton was short-run Keynesian but long-run classicist. Copyright 1995 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd and The Victoria University of Manchester

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  • Peake, Charles F, 1995. "Henry Thornton in the History of Economics: Confusions and Contributions," The Manchester School of Economic & Social Studies, University of Manchester, vol. 63(3), pages 283-296, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:manch2:v:63:y:1995:i:3:p:283-96

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    1. Arie Arnon, 2007. "The Early Round Of The Bullionist Debate 1800-1802: Boyd, Baring And Thornton’S Innovative Ideas," Working Papers 0714, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Economics.

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