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Nicolaas Gerard PIERSON

Nicolaas Gerard PIERSON, Dutch economist. Dutch Minister Finance, 1891-1894; Prime Minister and Minister Finance, 1897-1901; Member, Dutch Second Chamber, since 1905.

Background

  • PIERSON, Nicolaas Gerard was born in 1839 in The Netherlands.

  • Career

    • As a statesman he sought to reform the Dutch tax system according to the principle of the ability to pay — indirect taxes were reduced, and an income tax introduced. His Leerboek.. was his chief publication, and places the emphasis on economics as a means for improving material welfare, rather than on pure theory. His position in Dutch economics was pre-eminent, and substantially influenced the progress of the subject in Holland.

      Cotton merchant and Banker. Director, President, Nederlandsche Bank, 1866, 1885-1891. Professor, University Amsterdam, 1877.

    Major achievements

    • Dutch Minister Finance, 1891-1894. Prime Minister and Minister Finance, 1897-1901. Member, Dutch Second Chamber, since 1905.
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    Born 1839
    Died 1909
    (aged 70)
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