Birthplace Forfar, Scotland.
Post Held Preacher, 1798-1802; Professional writer, 1802-19; Officer, East India Company, 1819-36.
Degrees BA Univ. Edinburgh.
Publications Books: 1. History of British India, 3 vols (1817, 1968); 2. Elements of Political Economy, (1821); 3. Analysis of the Phenomena of the Human Mind, 2 vols (1828).
Career The disciple and promotor of Jeremy Bentham, he developed the economic side of utilitarian analysis and incorporated the ideas of Malthus and Ricardo. It was through James Mill that a group of followers of Bentham, the so-called 'pholosophical radicals' was formed. His Elements ... is the first English-language textbook of economics.
Secondary Literature A. Bain, James Mill (Macmillan, 1882); D. Winch, Selected Economic Writings of James Mill (Oliver & Boyd, 1966); W. J. Barber, British Economic Thought and India, 1600-1858 (OUP, 1975); W. O. Thweatt, `James Mill and the early development of comparative advantage', History of Political Economy , 8(2), Summer 1976.
Elements of Political Economy (socsci.mcmaster.ca) 3rd Edition, 1844
Elements of Political Economy (ecn.bris.ac.uk) 3rd Edition, 1844
Elements of Political Economy (unimelb.edu.au) 3rd Edition, 1844