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

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  • Gregory Moore
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    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 Cairnes, who was an undergraduate contemporary of Hearn's at Trinity College, Dublin.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought.

    Volume (Year): 18 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 19-54

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:eujhet:v:18:y:2011:i:1:p:19-54
    DOI: 10.1080/09672560903114883
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