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Francesco FERRARA


Francesco FERRARA, Italian economist.


FERRARA, Francesco was born in 1810 in Palermo, Italy.


His varied career in the public service, politics and education included periods of imprisonment and exile as well as periods in government. He founded the Giornale di Statistica and was responsible for the Biblioteca dell'Economista (1850-1870) which collected translations of notable foreign and Italian economic literature. His doctrinaire free trade liberalism became unfashionable during his later years and he became an increasingly isolated figure.

Director Statistics, Palermo region, 1834. Professor Political Economics, University Turin 1845-1859. Controller Customs, Palermo, 1862.

Italian Minister Finance, 1867. Director, School of Commerce, Venice, 1881.