The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Giffen, Robert (1837–1910)

  • Murray Milgate
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Robert Giffen’s name seems likely to be known by students of economics for generations to come in relation to the famous result in the theory of consumer demand which bears his name but about which, so far as can be determined, he had nothing to say. Marshall originated the tradition when he associated the result with Giffen’s name in the third edition of his Principles in 1895 (p. 208).


Giffen, R. Measurement Royal Economic Society Royal Statistical Society Statistical comparisons 

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  • Murray Milgate
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