The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Walras, Antoine Auguste (1801–1866)

  • Donald A. Walker
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Amateur economist whose writings have received some limited attention, chiefly because some of his views and economic concepts influenced his son, Léon. Auguste Walras was born in Montpellier, France, on 1 February 1801, and died in Pau on 18 April 1866. He studied at the Ecole Normale of Paris (1820–23); was a tutor in Paris (1823–31); a secondary school teacher (1823, 1831–5); a professor of philosophy first at the Royal College in Lille (1839) and then at the Royal College in Caen (1840–47); and a regional school superintendent (1847–62).


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