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The Anglo-Irish context for William Edward Hearn's economic beliefs and the ultimate failure of his Plutology


William Edward Hearn is generally regarded as Australia's first economist of international note and his Plutology ([1863]1864) is invariably deemed to be Australia's first economics text. In this paper I argue that it is more appropriate to describe Hearn as an Anglo-Irish economist and, to this end, provide the Anglo-Irish context for the economic doctrines that he expressed in Plutology and elsewhere. I also argue that the failure of Plutology in the market place was, in part, due to a campaign waged against Hearn in London by John Elliot Carines, who was an undergraduate contemporary of Hearn's at Trinity College, Dublin.


peer-reviewed, William Edward Hearn, Irish political economy

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