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Pesch, Heinrich (1854–1926)

  • H. C. Recktenwald
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After studies in economics and law at the university of Bonn (1872–5) Pesch became a member of the Society of Jesus in 1876 and took holy orders in 1888. At the University of Berlin (1901–3) he deepened his economic knowledge, which was strongly influenced by the triumvirate Schmoller, Sering and particularly Wagner, who greatly appreciated Pesch’s theoretical ability. In the stillness and seclusion of a Berlin cloister his scientific and literary works grew to maturity, among them the five volumes of his opus magnum Lehrbuch der Nationalökonomie (1905–23), a treatise of excellent scholarship yet not too proficient in economic analytics. Pesch died in 1926 in Valkenburg, Holland.

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