04 Costing the Earth?

Startled by the demographic impact of market dynamics, thinkers such as Malthus and Ricardo turned their attention to the 'economics' of population growth, drawing somewhat pessimistic conclusions about the desirability of increasing population. In many ways, they are the precursors of the 'green' economics of today.

Useful Reading:
Chapter 4 'The Worldly Philosophers'

Fifty Major Economists, entries on 'Thomas Robert Malthus'
 and 'David Ricardo'

The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought: Entry on 'Classical Political Economy'