Origin of the Law of Diminishing Returns

The ‘law of diminishing returns‘ plays so large a part both in the theory of rent and the theory of population as they are now taught, that we should naturally expect to find it promulgated both by James Anderson, the reputed anticipator of Ricardo, and by Malthus in his Essay on the Principle of Population. In this expectation, however, we should be disappointed.

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Source: Edwin Cannan