Birthplace Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.
Post Held Clergyman; Prof. Polit. Econ., King's Coll., Univ. London, 1833-5, Haileybury Coll., 1835-55.
Degrees MA Univ. Camb., 1819
Offices and Honours Member, UK Tithe Commission and Charity Commission.
Publications Books: 1. Essay on the Distribution of Wealth and on the Sources of Taxation (1831, 1964); 2. Literary Remains ed. W. Whewell (1859, 1964).
Career As a member of the Cambridge circle, which included Whewell and Herschel, he became a devotee of the inductive methods in the sciences and was determined to apply it to to political economy. His volume on rent was the only part of his Essay ... which he completed, and consisted of a categorisation of forms of rent extending much beyond that described by Ricardo. This form of attack on Ricardian economics met with little success, but he is now widely looked on a as a precursor of the historical school in Britain.
Secondary Literature M. L. Miller, `Richard Jones's contributions to the theory of rent', History of Political Economy , 9(3), Fall 1977.