Marshall, Alfred

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Marshall, Alfred,

1842–1924, English economist. At Cambridge, where he taught from 1885 to 1908, he exerted great influence on the development of economic thought of the time; one of his students was John Maynard KeynesKeynes, John Maynard, Baron Keynes of Tilton
, 1883–1946, English economist and monetary expert, studied at Eton and Cambridge. Early Career and Critique of Versailles
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. He systematized the classical economic theories and made new analyses in the same manner, thus laying the foundation of the neoclassical school of economics. He was concerned with theories of costs, value, and distribution and developed a concept of marginal utility. His Principles of Economics (1890) was for years the standard work and is still widely read. Among his other works are Industry and Trade (1919) and Money, Credit, and Commerce (1923).


See A. C. Pigou, ed., Memorials of Alfred Marshall (1925, repr. 1966). What I Remember (1947), by M. P. Marshall, his wife, has some biographical material on him. See studies by H. J. Davenport (1935, repr. 1965) and C. Kerr (1969).

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Marshall, Alfred


Born July 26, 1842, in London; died July 13, 1924, in Cambridge. English economist, professor of political economy at Cambridge University (1885-1908).

Marshall founded the Cambridge School of vulgar political economy. He considered himself a successor of D. Ricardo and interpreted his teachings in a subjective and psychological spirit. Marshall eclectically combined already established vulgar theories of the costs of production, demand and supply, productivity, and abstention with the theories of marginal utility and marginal productivity that had become widespread in the late 19th century. Marshall tried to extend the teachings of C. Darwin to the field of social relations. Under the influence of H. Spencer, he viewed evolution as the only form of social development and propagated the false idea of the smooth development of the capitalist economy. In his research Marshall used mathematical and graphic methods of analysis. Marshall’s views had a great influence on the development of bourgeois economic thought and are important in modern bourgeois economic science.


The Pure Theory of Foreign Trade and the Pure Theory of Domestic Values. London, 1879.
The Economics of Industry. London, 1889.
Principles of Economics. London, 1890.
Elements of Economics. London, 1892.
Industry and Trade. London, 1919.
Money, Credit and Commerce. London, 1923.
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