The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Hearn, William Edward (1826–1888)

  • M. White
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Hearn was born in County Cavan, Ireland and died in Melbourne, Australia. Educated at Trinity College Dublin, he was appointed professor of political economy and other subjects at the University of Melbourne in 1854. Subsequently a member of the Legislative Council of the State of Victoria and contributor to the local press, Hearn is known to economists principally for his Plutology (1863).

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