William Edward Hearn was the first Australian economist of international note. His major publication in the discipline of economics, Plutology (1863), was praised by the leading economists of the late-nineteenth century, including W. S. Jevons, A. Marshall and F. Y. Edgeworth. In this paper I trace the way in which Hearn's early experiences in Ireland shaped his economic views. I argue that he was just as much an Irish economist as an Australian economist.

This Conference Paper has since been published as:

Gregory C G Moore, 'The Anglo-Irish context for William Edward Hearn's economic beliefs and the ultimate failure of his Plutology, European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, iFirst, 2009.

DOI: 10.1080/09672560903114883


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