The Economics of W. S. Jevons

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APPENDIX 1.1 CHRONOLOGY OF JEVONS’S LIFE22

1 September 1835

Birth of William Stanley, at 14 Alfred Street, Liverpool.

1843

Receives his first lessons in political economy and botany from his mother, the former using Archbishop Whately’s text, Easy Lessons on Money Matters for the use of Young People.

1845

Jevons’s mother, Mrs Thomas (Mary Anne Roscoe) Jevons, passes away.

1848

Jevons & Sons firm suffers bankruptcy.

January 1846

Attends the Mechanics Institute High School in Liverpool; Headmaster, Dr William B. Hodgson (later Professor of Political Economy at Edinburgh).

Early 1847

Jevons’s older brother, Roscoe Jevons [1829-69], suffers mental breakdown.

Autumn 1847

Attends Mr Beckwith’s private school in Lodge Lane, Liverpool.

Autumn 1850

Attends University College School in London.

1851

Visits the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations.

October 1851

Enters University College, London.

October 1852

Wins silver medal for chemistry in College examinations.

July 1852

Wins botany prize.

February 1853

Plans for a business career in Liverpool.

May 1853

Wins gold medal for chemistry in College examinations.

July 1853

Offered and accepts assayership in new Sydney Mint. Leaves University without BA degree.

August 1853

Studies assaying in London under Professor Graham.

19 August 1853

Imperial Order in Council establishes the Sydney Mint as a branch of the Royal Mint.

February-March 1854

Studies assaying in Paris

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgements x
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • Appendix 1.1 Chronology of Jevons’s Life 8
  • Part I - Macroeconomic Concerns 19
  • 2 - Jevons’s Theory of Economic Growth 21
  • Appendix 2.1 Coal Consumption 42
  • Appendix 2.2 Population Data 44
  • 3 - Sunspots and Expectations 45
  • Part II - Microeconomic Theory 71
  • 4 - Jevons’s Theory of Political Economy 73
  • 5 - Jevons’s Theory of Exchange 90
  • Appendix 5.1 Physics and Neoclassical Economics 114
  • 6 - Production 115
  • Part III - Economic Policy 135
  • 7 - Jevons and Utilitarianism 137
  • 8 - Jevons’s Analysis of Policy 155
  • Part IV - Methodology 171
  • 9 - The Rise of Empirical Methods 173
  • 10 - Jevons’s Empirical Studies 194
  • Appendix 10.1 Jevons’s Commodity Groups, Enlarged Sample 214
  • Appendix 10.2 The Currency Wear Calculations 217
  • Appendix 10.3 The Davenant Corn Law 219
  • Appendix 10.4 Jevons’s 1875 Buys-Ballot Table 220
  • 11 - Conclusion 221
  • Notes 232
  • References 295
  • Index 307
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