Anderson, J (1739-1808.10.15)
Birthplace Hermiston, Scotland.
Degree LLD Univ. Aberdeen, 1780.
Publications Books:1.Observations on the Means of Exciting a Sprit of National Industry (1777); 2. An Enquiry into the Nature of the Corn Laws (1777); 3. Recreations in Agriculture, Natural History, Arts and Mescellaneous Leterature, 6 vols (1799-1802).
Career Gentleman farmer and prolific writer on agriculture and corn law questions, chiefly in his periodical The Bee, and his series of Recreations. His discovery of the `Ricardian' theory of rent arose from his agricultural studies. It is first stated in the Observations, where he concluded that the rent of land is a premium paid for the privilege of cultivating soils that are more fertile than others and that its payment equalises the profits of farmers tilling land of different qualities. The same idea is formulated more precisely in the Enquiry.
Secondary Literature E. Cannan, A History of the Theories of Production and Distribution in English Political Economy (Staples Press, 1898).
Extract from An Inquiry into the Nature of Corn Laws (1777) (socsci.mcmaster.ca)
Extract from An Inquiry into the Nature of Corn Laws (1777) (ecn.bris.ac.uk)
Extract from An Inquiry into the Nature of Corn Laws (1777) (unimelb.edu.au)
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