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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

William Stanley Jevons: Selected full-text books and articles

The Theory of Political Economy By W. Stanley Jevons Kelley & Millman, 1957 (5th edition)
The Economics of W. S. Jevons By Sandra Peart Routledge, 1996
On Revolutions and Progress in Economic Knowledge By 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 By 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 By 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
Schools and Streams of Economic Thought By Edmund Whittaker Rand McNally, 1960
Librarian's tip: "Jevons: The Theory of Utility" begins on p. 266
Memorials of Alfred Marshall By Alfred Marshall; A. C. Pigou MacMillan, 1925
Librarian's tip: Chap. 1 "Mr. Jevons' Theory of Political Economy"
The Canon in the History of Economics: Critical Essays By 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 By Bruce Mazlish University Press of New England, 1990
Librarian's tip: Chap. Seven "Jevons's Science and His Second Nature"
Economic Theory in Retrospect By 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 By 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 By 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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