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La pobreza en Smith y Ricardo


  • Édgar Pardo

    () (New School University)


This paper provides a comparison between Adam Smith and David Ricardo’s treatments of poverty in a capitalist society. The comparison focus on the different arguments they use to relate poverty to inequality and institutional realities. The discussion points out the life experiences of each author and their intellectual interests, taking into account that poverty was one of the most pressing social problems faced by England between the 18th and 19th century. Smith associates poverty with the stability of social order; while Ricardo postulates that poverty is a function of the distributive struggle and the forces of population growth.

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  • Édgar Pardo, 2000. "La pobreza en Smith y Ricardo," Revista de Economía Institucional, Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Economía, vol. 2(2), pages 111-130, January-J.
  • Handle: RePEc:rei:ecoins:v:2:y:2000:i:2:p:111-130

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    1. Carlos Alberto Marrugo-Arnedo & Katherin Paola Del Risco-Serje & Verena del Carmen Marrugo-Arnedo & Jorge Antonio Herrera-Llamas & Gerson Javier Pérez-Valbuena, 2015. "Determinantes de la pobreza en la región Caribe Colombiana," REVISTA DE ECONOMÍA DEL CARIBE 014776, UNIVERSIDAD DEL NORTE.
    2. Andres Mauricio Gomez Sanchez & Claudia Liceth Fajardo Hoyos & Juliana Isabel Sarmiento Castillo, 2016. "Líneas de Pobreza en el Cauca: Una medición subvalorada," REVISTA DE ECONOMÍA DEL CARIBE 014792, UNIVERSIDAD DEL NORTE.

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    poverty; history of economic thought; Smith; Ricardo; economic theory;

    JEL classification:

    • 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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