The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Mill, James (1773–1836)

  • Donald Winch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95189-5_1205

Abstract

James Mill, Indian civil servant, Benthamite, and father and mentor of John Stuart Mill, introduced Jean-Baptiste Say’s law of markets into British economic discourse. In addition to important works on the history of India, political and legal reform, and associationist psychology, he was the author of a textbook of Ricardian economics and played a major part in convincing Ricardo that he should write his Principles of Political Economy (1817). Through his son he was also responsible for giving prominence to proposals for taxing the ‘unearned increment’ in rental incomes that were influential in forming radical and socialist thinking in Britain.

Keywords

Associationist psychology Bentham, J. Betterment charge Birth control Corn Laws Deductive method Effective demand Fabian economics Labour theory of value Land nationalization Land tax Law of rent Macauley, T. B. Malthus, T. R. Methodology of economics Mill, J. Mill, J. S. Philosophic radicalism Productive and unproductive labour Ricardo, D. Say, J.-B. Say’s law Stewart, D. Underconsumptionism 

JEL classifications

B31 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Winch
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