The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Colson, Léon Clément (1853–1939)

  • R. F. Hébert
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French engineer, economist and statistician, Colson was born at Versailles on 13 November 1853, and died at Paris on 24 March 1939. Trained in mathematics as an engineer at the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées, Colson extended his interests to statistics and economics, eventually teaching the latter at both his alma maters and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales and the Ecole des Sciences Politiques. Despite a lifelong career in the French Ministry of Public Works, he found time to produce several notable works, including his monumental Cours d’économie politique.

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