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Consumption patterns, development and growth: Adam Smith, David Ricardo and Thomas Robert Malthus

Davide Fiaschi () and Rodolfo Signorino ()

The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2003, vol. 10, issue 1, 5-24

Abstract: In this paper we combine the classical analysis of luxury consumption with the classical theories of development and growth. We also focus on the role played, within classical economics, by institutional factors such as the structure of property rights and contractual arrangements in determining consumption patterns and investment in agriculture. In particular, we show that Ricardo's and Malthus' different views on the role of consumption expenditure in promoting growth depend on Ricardo's acceptance (Malthus' refusal) of Say's law of markets and on Ricardo's exclusion (Malthus' inclusion) of a non-commodity option such as leisure from (in) the range of available consumption alternatives.

Keywords: Structural Change; Long-run Growth; Consumption Pattern; Classical Authors; Luxury Consumption; Property Rights (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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