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TitleGiffen; Sir; Robert (1837-1910); Knight; economist and statistician
Ref NoGIFFEN
LevelCollection
Date1861-1910
Extent5 volumes
Admin Biographical HistorySir Robert Giffen, 1837 1910, was educated at Glasgow University and then went on to work as a clerk in a solicitors office, 1850 1855. However he spent the majority of his career working with statistics. He became sub-editor of 'The Globe', 1862 1866, and then assistant editor of 'The Economist', 1868-1876. He then left journalism to become chief of the statistical department of the Board of Trade, 1876 -1882, Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trade and afterwards Controller-General of Commercial Labour and Statistical Departments, 1882-1897. From 1882-1884, he was president of the Statistical Society.
DescriptionThis collection consists of Giffen's correspondence on subjects including the national finances, currency and bimetallism (particularly in relation to India), wages and prices, free trade, and expenditure on the army and navy; articles by Giffen, on diverse subjects including the national finances and monetary laws, the Political Economy Club, and househunting and housebuilding; papers on subjects including war risks to British trade and shipping and 'The Statist'; and press cuttings concerning currency, trade, public finance, and Giffen himself.
Access ConditionsResearchers may apply to the archivist to see originals
Copyright TypeCopyright holder unknown
Former Reference NumberSR 1016/COLL Q
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