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Edgeworth, F. Y (1845.2.8-1926.2.13)

Birthplace Edgeworthstown, Company, Longford, Ireland.
Posts Held Lect. Logic, Tooke Prof. Econ. Science and Stats., King's Coll. London, 1880-89, 1890-1; Drummond Prof. Polit. Econ., Fellow All Souls Coll. Oxford, 1891-1922.
Degree BA Univ. Oxford, 1869.
Offices and Honours Fellow, BA; Vice-Pre., Royal Economic Society; Pres., Royal Statistical Society; Pres., Econ. Section, British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1889, 1922; Ed., Economic Journal , 1891-1926.
Career His earliest writings are concerned with the application of mathematics to social science questions and in Mathematical Psychics he worked out practical aspects of utilitarian ethics in mathematical form. The insights on exchange equilibrium, welfare economics and the theory of barter are still valuable. His chief output was in article form on topics such as taxation, monopoly, index numbers and value of money. His exposition was obscure and his personality was retiring, with the result that his ideas are continually being rediscovered by those who arrive at them in their own way. Though his work was never drawn together into a comprehensive scheme, he is still valued for his various precedents in mathematical economics and statistics. His ideas on the `contract curve' and the `core' of an exchange economy have recently attracted considerable attention. His editorship of the Economic Journal was of major value to the British economic community.
Secondary Literature J. M. Keynes, `Frances Ysidro Edgeworth: 1845-1926' in Essays in Biography (Macmillan, 1933, 1972); C. Hildreth, `Edgeworth, Francis Ysidro', International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences , D. L. Sills (ed.) (Macmillan and Free Press, 1968), vol. 4; J. Creedy, `F. Y. Edgeworth', in Pioneers of Modern Economics in Britain , eds. D. P. O'Brien and J. R. Presley (Macmillan, 1981). [Mark Blaug, Great Economists Before Keynes: An Introduction to the Lives and Works of One Hundread Great Economists of the Past , Brighton: Wheatsheaf, 1986.]



The Theory of Distribution (socsci.mcmaster.ca) Quarterly Jornal of Economics, volume 18, 1904
The Theory of Distribution (ecn.bris.ac.uk) Quarterly Jornal of Economics, volume 18, 1904
The Theory of Distribution (unimelb.edu.au) Quarterly Jornal of Economics, volume 18, 1904
Women's Wages in Relation to Economic Welfare (socsci.mcmaster.ca) The Economic Journal, 1923
Women's Wages in Relation to Economic Welfare (ecn.bris.ac.uk) The Economic Journal, 1923
Women's Wages in Relation to Economic Welfare (unimelb.edu.au) The Economic Journal, 1923

F. Y. Edgeworth, Review of the Second Edition of Marshall's Principles of Economics (socsci.mcmaster.ca) Economic Journal, volume 1, 1891, pp. 611-17
F. Y. Edgeworth, Review of the Second Edition of Marshall's Principles of Economics (ecn.bris.ac.uk) Economic Journal, volume 1, 1891, pp. 611-17
F. Y. Edgeworth, Review of the Second Edition of Marshall's Principles of Economics (unimelb.edu.au) Economic Journal, volume 1, 1891, pp. 611-17
F. Y. Edgeworth, Review of the Third Edition of Marshall's Principles of Economics (socsci.mcmaster.ca) The Economic Journal, volume 5, 1895, pp. 585-9.
F. Y. Edgeworth, Review of the Third Edition of Marshall's Principles of Economics (ecn.bris.ac.uk) The Economic Journal, volume 5, 1895, pp. 585-9.
F. Y. Edgeworth, Review of the Third Edition of Marshall's Principles of Economics (unimelb.edu.au) The Economic Journal, volume 5, 1895, pp. 585-9.


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