David Ricardo

1772 - 1823

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David Ricardo (18 April 1772 – 11 September 1823) was a British political economist, politician, and member of the Parliament of Great Britain and Ireland. He is recognized as one of the most influential classical economists, alongside figures such as Thomas Malthus, Adam Smith and James Mill. Ricardo, born in London as the third surviving child of a successful stockbroker and his wife, came from a Sephardic Jewish family of Portuguese origin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Ricardo has received more than 2,176,897 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 80 in 2019). David Ricardo is the 4th most popular economist, the 46th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 49th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular British Economist.

David Ricardo is most famous for his theory of comparative advantage. This theory states that countries should produce goods in which they have a comparative advantage, and trade for goods in which they have a comparative disadvantage.

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Over the past year David Ricardo has had the most page views in the with 208,903 views, followed by Spanish (129,178), and French (43,995). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Tamil (153.59%), Cornish (126.14%), and Serbo-Croatian (93.50%)


Among economists, David Ricardo ranks 4 out of 414Before him are Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes. After him are Thomas Robert Malthus, John Stuart Mill, Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Vilfredo Pareto, Joseph Schumpeter, Frédéric Passy, and Alfred Marshall.

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Among people born in 1772, David Ricardo ranks 1After him are Novalis, Charles Fourier, William I of the Netherlands, Friedrich Schlegel, Nachman of Breslov, Fath-Ali Shah Qajar, Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ram Mohan Roy, Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, and Louis Antoine, Duke of Enghien. Among people deceased in 1823, David Ricardo ranks 1After him are Edward Jenner, Pope Pius VII, Louis-Nicolas Davout, Lazare Carnot, Jacques Charles, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, Charles François Dumouriez, Ann Radcliffe, André-Jacques Garnerin, Edmund Cartwright, and Abraham-Louis Breguet.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, David Ricardo ranks 46 out of 8,785Before him are Alfred Hitchcock (1899), John Lennon (1940), John Major (1943), John Dalton (1766), Bertrand Russell (1872), and Arthur Conan Doyle (1859). After him are Cecil Rhodes (1853), Richard Burton (1925), Sean Connery (1930), Francis Drake (1540), Mary, Queen of Scots (1542), and Oliver Cromwell (1599).

Among ECONOMISTS In United Kingdom

Among economists born in United Kingdom, David Ricardo ranks 3Before him are Adam Smith (1723), and John Maynard Keynes (1883). After him are Thomas Robert Malthus (1766), John Stuart Mill (1806), Alfred Marshall (1842), John Law (1671), William Petty (1623), Ronald Coase (1910), William Stanley Jevons (1835), John Hicks (1904), and Benjamin Graham (1894).