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Geary, Robert Charles (1896–1983)

  • J. R. N. Stone
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Geary was born on 11 April 1896 in Dublin, and died on 8 February 1983, also in Dublin. He was educated at University College, Dublin, from 1913 to 1918, and at the Sorbonne from 1919 to 1921. In 1922 he became assistant lecturer in mathematics at University College, Southampton. He held the post of statistician in the Department of Industry and Commerce in Dublin from 1923 to 1949. From 1946 to 1947 he was a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Applied Economics in Cambridge. He held the position of First Director in the Central Statistical Office of Eire from 1949 to 1957. In 1957 he was appointed Head of the National Accounts Branch of the United Nations Statistical Office, which post he held until 1960. From 1960 to 1966 he was director of the newly founded Economic (and Social) Research Institute in Dublin, remaining attached to it as consultant from 1966 until his death.


Geary, R. C. Instrumental variables Ireland, economics in Linear expenditure system Methodology of econometrics 

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