The Anglo-Irish context for William Edward Hearn's economic beliefs and the ultimate failure of his Plutology
Moore, G. C. (2009). The Anglo-Irish context for William Edward Hearn's economic beliefs and the ultimate failure of his Plutology. The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 18, 19-54.
William Edward Hearn is generally regarded as Australia's first economist of international note and his Plutology (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