Cantillon and Sismondi on population, rent and subsistence

Vol. 27 No. 2 (2007)

Apr-Jun / 2007
Published March 17, 2020
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How to Cite

Coutinho, Mauricio C. 2007. “Cantillon and Sismondi on Population, Rent and Subsistence”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 27 (2):242-60.

Cantillon and Sismondi on population, rent and subsistence

Mauricio C. Coutinho
Professor titular da Universidade Estadual de Campinas — UNICAMP
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 27 No. 2 (2007), Apr-Jun / 2007, Pages 242-260


The article compares Cantillon’s and Sismondi’s views on population, rent and wage of subsistence, having Malthus’ law of population as a background. We assume that the XVIII and XIX century controversies on population and economic development provide a good framework for a reappraisal of economics in general, including value and distribution. In our perspective, both Cantillon and Sismondi cannot be put under the umbrella of the Ricardian (or Sraffian) approach to wage and distribution.

JEL Classification: B11.

Keywords: Cantillon Sismondi wages subsistence revenue