William Stanley Jevons

William Stanley Jevons (jĕv´ənz), 1835–82, English economist and logician. After working in Australia as assayer to the mint, he taught at Owens College, Manchester, and University College, London. His major contribution to economics was his marginal utility theory of value; Jevons held that value was determined by utility, and he demonstrated the relationship in mathematical terms. The Theory of Political Economy (1871) was his chief theoretical work. His practical application of economics in The Coal Question (1865) influenced government action. In General Mathematical Theory of Political Economy (1862), he demonstrated his belief in the application of mathematics to economic theory. His several texts include Pure Logic (1863) and The Principles of Science (1874).

See his Letters and Journal (ed. by his wife, 1886).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Theory of Political Economy
W. Stanley Jevons.
Kelley & Millman, 1957 (5th edition)
The Economics of W. S. Jevons
Sandra Peart.
Routledge, 1996
On Revolutions and Progress in Economic Knowledge
T. W. Hutchison.
Cambridge University Press, 1978
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "The Decline and Fall of English Classical Political Economy and the Jevonian Revolution" and Chap. 4 "The Jevonian Revolution and Economic Policy in Britain"
The History of Economic Thought: A Reader
Steven G. Medema; Warren J. Samuels.
Routledge, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "William Stanley Jevons (1835-1882)" begins on p. 413
The Development of Economic Thought: Great Economists in Perspective
Henry William Spiegel.
John Wiley & Sons, 1952
Librarian’s tip: "Jevons on Cantillon" begins on p. 42 and "Keynes on Jevons" begins on p. 489
Measurement, Quantification, and Economic Analysis: Numeracy in Economics
Ingrid H. Rima.
Routledge, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Jevons versus Cairnes on Exact Economic Laws"
Schools and Streams of Economic Thought
Edmund Whittaker.
Rand McNally, 1960
Librarian’s tip: "Jevons: The Theory of Utility" begins on p. 266
Logic Machines and Diagrams
Martin Gardner.
McGraw-Hill, 1958
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Jevons's Logic Machine"
Memorials of Alfred Marshall
A. C. Pigou; Alfred Marshall.
MacMillan, 1925
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "Mr. Jevons' Theory of Political Economy"
The Canon in the History of Economics: Critical Essays
Michalis Psalidopoulos.
Routledge, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Cracking the Canon: William Stanley Jevons and the Deconstruction of 'Ricardo'"
The Leader, the Led, and the Psyche: Essays in Psychohistory
Bruce Mazlish.
University Press of New England, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Seven "Jevons's Science and His Second Nature"
Economic Theory in Retrospect
M. Blaug.
Richard D. Irwin, 1962 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Jevons and the Marginal Revolution"
A History of Economic Thought: The LSE Lectures
Lionel Robbins; Steven G. Medema; Warren J. Samuels.
Princeton University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "The Marginal Revolution (I): Jevons" begins on p. 258 and "The Marginal Revolution (II): Jevons and Menger" begins on p. 268
The Uses and Abuses of Economics: Contentious Essays on History and Method
Terence Hutchison.
Routledge, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "The Politics and Philosophy in Jevons's Political Economy" and Chap. 7 "The Jevonian Revolution and Economic Policy in Britain"
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