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John Ramsay McCULLOCH

economist

John Ramsay McCULLOCH, economist. Chief reviewer economics books, Edinburgh Review since 1817; Delivered Ricardo Memorial Lectures, 1823-1824.

Background

McCULLOCH, John Ramsay was born in 1789 in Scotland.

Career

Traditionally regarded as the most loyal and dogmatic of Ricardo’s followers, recent examination of his writings has shown more clearly the Smithian flavour of many of his views, and the shifts in his opinions over time. He was, however, a tireless propagandist for his version of Ricardo’s ideas and for political economy generally, both of which he tended to identify with each other. His statistical, encyclopaedic and bibliographical works were extremely successful and were better suited to his abilities than questions of pure theory.

He also contributed in A Discourse.. the first serious history of economic thought anywhere. Journalist and Editor, The Scotsman, 1818-1820. Private Tutor Economics, 1820-1828.

Professor Political Economics, University College, London, 1828-1832. Comptroller, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, United Kingdom, 1838-1864.

Achievements

  • Chief reviewer economics books, Edinburgh Review since 1817. Delivered Ricardo Memorial Lectures, 1823-1824.

Works