The Economists: Adam Smith, David Ricardo & Thomas Malthus


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Who is referred to as the 'father of modern economics'?

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1. Which of the following best applies the principles of David Ricardo to a modern economy?

2. Which of the following individuals claimed to have been influenced by the population ideas of Thomas Malthus?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet will test your knowledge on the economic views of Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, and David Ricardo. Be sure to pay special attention to their views on government intervention in the economy, and their influences on each other and on their contemporaries.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz will assess your knowledge of the following:

  • The lives and views of Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and Thomas Malthus
  • The father of modern economics
  • The push for metallic currency
  • View on overpopulation

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what policy Adam Smith advocated
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the influences of each of these economists' causes
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about unregulated population growth in a different light

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson on the Adam Smith, David Ricardo and Thomas Malthus will prepare you to:

  • Explain how Adam Smith's work influenced David Ricardo's economic policies
  • Discuss the impact of Malthus' views of population and who he influenced
  • Describe Ricardo's theories of comparative advantage and free trade