Classical Economists and Education

  • W. D. Sockwell
Part of the Studies in the History of Economics book series (SHE)


The role of the classical economists in the education movement has not been studied in depth, although as Mark Blaug notes, ‘there is a small but growing literature’ on the subject.1 The existing literature provides a wide range of opinions concerning the impact of the classical economists on education policy. Statements range from those of E. G. West, who states classical economists ‘were of all people the most forceful advocates and pioneers of state education,’ to those of Blaug who writes, ‘by paying close attention to dates … we come to realize that the classical economists gradually adjusted their ideas on education in the wake of legislative changes; instead of having an influence on policy, policy had an influence on them’ (West, 1970, pp. 111; Blaug, 1975, p. 568).2


Political Economy Private School Lower Class Human Capital Theory Economic Idea 
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© W. D. Sockwell 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. D. Sockwell
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  1. 1.Berry CollegeMount BerryUSA

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