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Cantillon, Richard (1697–1734)

  • Vivian Walsh
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One Richard Cantillon, son of Philip Cantillon of Ballyheigue, County Kerry, was born in Ireland. Joseph Hone argued convincingly that this was the economist, on the ground that this Richard married Mary Ann Mahony, daughter of Lady Clare, and had with her a daughter Henrietta, who married Lord Farnham (after the death of her first husband, the Earl of Stafford). Earlier writers had estimated Cantillon’s birth to have been as many as 17 years earlier, but subsequent scholars have tended to accept Hone’s evidence; for example, Joseph J. Spengler (1954, p. 283) and Anita Page (1952, p. xxiv).


Agricultural surplus Allocation theory Cantillon, R Intrinsic value Law, J Luxury Malthus’s theory of population Market price Natural price Produced and non-produced means of production Quesnay, F Specie-flow mechanism Surplus 

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Bibliographic Addendum

  1. For an extended treatment of Cantillon’s work, see A. Brewer, Richard Cantillon, London: Routledge, 1992.Google Scholar

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  • Vivian Walsh
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