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Anderson, James (1739–1808), agriculturist and political economist, born at Hermiston, near Edinburgh, inherited the tenancy of a large farm there at the age of fifteen when his parents (whose names are unknown) died. He had already prepared himself for the position by attending ...

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Attwood, Thomas (1783–1856), politician and currency theorist, was born on 6 October 1783 at Hawne House, near Halesowen, Shropshire, the third son and fifth child of Matthias Attwood (1746–1836), banker, and his wife, Ann Adams (1752–1835), the daughter of Thomas Adams of Cakemore...

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Bagehot, Walter (1826–1877), political commentator, economist, and journalist, was born on 3 February 1826 at Langport, Somerset, the second son of Thomas Watson Bagehot (1795–1881), banker, and Edith Stuckey (1786–1870), a niece of Samuel Stuckey, founder in 1772 of Stuckey's Bank, which issued its own banknotes and enjoyed considerable prominence and respect in the west country. The first born, ...

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Barbour, Sir David Miller (1841–1928), administrator in India and writer on monetary issues, was born at Omagh, co. Tyrone, Ireland, on 29 December 1841, the fifth child of Miller Barbour and his wife, Margaret Denny, into an established family of farmers and small landowners at ...

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Bastable, Charles Francis (1855–1945), economist, was born at Charleville, co. Cork, the only son of the Revd Robert Bastable (1800–1889), rector of Knocktemple and Kilbolane. His mother was a daughter of Dr Little of Sligo. He was educated at Fermoy College, Fermoy, co. Cork...

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Bauer, Peter Thomas, Baron Bauer (1915–2002), economist, was born on 6 November 1915 in Budapest, the son of Aladár Dezsö Bauer (1883–1944), bookmaker, and his wife, Anna, née Grossmann. He attended the Scholae Piae (a Gymnasium of the Piarist order) and enrolled for a law degree at the ...

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Beesley, Michael Edwin (1924–1999), economist, was born on 3 July 1924 at 127 Sandon Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, the second son of Edwin Sherman Beesley (1889–1969), clerk, later a broker at Stewart and Lloyds, and his wife, Kathleen Daisy Peacey (1891–1975), who ran her own tailoring business. After ...

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Bethel, Slingsby (bap. 1617, d. 1697), merchant and political economist, was baptized in Alne, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, on 27 February 1617, a younger son of Sir Walter Bethel (d. 1622), gentleman, and Mary Slingsby (1582–1662), daughter of Sir Henry Slingsby...

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Beveridge, William Henry, Baron Beveridge (1879–1963), social reformer and economist, was born at Rangpur in Bengal on 5 March 1879.

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Blaug, Mark (1927–2011), economist and historian of economics, was born Norbert Blauaug on 3 April 1927 in The Hague, Netherlands, the second son of Berl Blauaug (later Bernard Blaug), raincoat manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah, née Toeman. His father had Austro-Hungarian nationality and his mother was English. They were a Jewish family but ...

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Brown, Sir (Ernest) Henry Phelps (1906–1994), economist, was born in the High Street, Calne, Wiltshire, on 10 February 1906, the second child of Edgar Brown, who kept an ironmonger's shop in Calne, and his wife, Ada, née Bibbing. His mother died when he was two years old, and his father married her elder sister. ...

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Cairncross, Sir Alexander Kirkland [Alec] (1911–1998), economist and public servant, was born on 11 February 1911 at Pine Cottage, Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the third of four sons and the seventh of eight children of Alexander Kirkland Cairncross (1865–1947), draper and ironmonger, and his wife, ...

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Cairnes, John Elliot (1823–1875), economist, was born at Castle Bellingham, co. Louth, on 26 December 1823. He was the sixth child and eldest surviving son of William Cairnes (1787–1863) and his wife, Marianne Woolsey. His father was a partner in a brewery in ...

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Child, Sir Josiah, first baronet (bap. 1631, d. 1699), economic writer and merchant, was baptized at St Bartholomew-by-the-Exchange, London, on 27 February 1631, the second son of Richard Child (buried 1638 at Hackney), a merchant of Fleet Street, and his wife, Elizabeth Roycroft...

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Clapham, Sir John Harold (1873–1946), economic historian, was born at Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, on 13 September 1873, the younger son of John Clapham, jeweller and silversmith, and his second wife, Mary Jane, daughter of John Chambers, accountant, of Manchester. There were two sons and a daughter....

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Clay, Sir Henry (1883–1954), economist, was the third son and fourth child of James Henry Clay and his wife, Elizabeth Bulmer, of Bradford. He was born on 9 May 1883 in Germany, near München-Gladbach. His father, a woollen manufacturer, had formed the firm of ...

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Coase, Ronald Harry (1910–2013), economist, was born on 29 December 1910 at 4 Holland Road, Willesden, Middlesex, the only child of Henry Joseph Coase (1884–1973) and his wife, Rosalie Elizabeth, née Giles (1882–1972). His father was a Post Office telegraphist and his mother, too, had been a ...

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Cunningham, William (1849–1919), economic historian and Church of England clergyman, was born on 29 December 1849 at 50 Queen Street, Edinburgh, the second of three children born to James Cunningham, a lawyer, and his second wife, Elizabeth Boyle Dunlop, youngest daughter of Alexander Dunlop...

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Durbin, Evan Frank Mottram (1906–1948), economist and politician, was born at the manse, Westcroft, Bideford, Devon, on 1 March 1906, the son and last child of the Revd Frank Durbin, a Baptist minister in Devon, and his wife, Mary Louisa Mellor, the daughter of ...

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Edgeworth, Francis Ysidro (1845–1926), economist and statistician, was born on 8 February 1845 at Edgeworthstown in co. Longford, the fifth and last son of Francis Beaufort Edgeworth (1809–1846), and his wife, Rosa Florentina (1815–1864), daughter of General Antonio Eroles, an exile from the absolutist ...