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Theory of Money of David Ricardo : Quantity Theory and Theory of Value


  • Susumu Takenaga

    () (Faculty of Economics in the Daitobunka University, Tokyo, Japan)


What is to be underlined in characterizing the Ricardo’s quantity theory, is that it is a theory of determination of the value of money in a particular situation where money, whatever the form may be, shall be prevented from freely entering or leaving circulation. For Ricardo, the regulation of the value of money by its quantity is a particular case in which the adjustment of the market price to the natural price requires a long period of time. The quantitativist determination is not valid unconditionally, but only when the time of observation is shorter than that of this adjustment. The determination of the value of money is, in any case, barely linked to his theory of the value of commodities. Contrary to the commonly accepted interpretation, Ricardo did not apply to the determination of the value of money any theory of value different from that applied to commodities in general.

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  • Susumu Takenaga, 2003. "Theory of Money of David Ricardo : Quantity Theory and Theory of Value," Lecturas de Economía, Universidad de Antioquia, Departamento de Economía, issue 59, pages 73-126, Julio-Dic.
  • Handle: RePEc:lde:journl:y:2003:i:59:p:73-126

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    value of money; quantitativist; quantity theory; circulation; commodities;

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    • B1 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925
    • B12 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Classical (includes Adam Smith)
    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals


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