The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Colquhoun, Patrick (1745–1820)

  • D. P. O’Brien
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Colquhoun was born in Dundee. A successful early career in business led to the position of Lord Provost of Glasgow in 1782 and 1783. In 1789 Colquhoun moved to London and became active as a magistrate. He worked on the provision of poor relief and put forward plans for the reform of London’s police. He died in London in 1820.


Colquhoun, Patrick Education Unproductive labour 

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