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William Neilson HANCOCK

economist

William Neilson HANCOCK, Irish economist. Secretary Various Government Comms; Founder, President, State and Social Inquiry Society Ireland, 1847, 1881-1882.

Background

HANCOCK, William Neilson was born in 1820 in Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Ireland.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Doctor of Laws Trinity College, Dublin, 1843, 1846, 1849.

Career

Economist and reformer, whose Statistical and Social Inquiry Society was a means for both investigation and the propagation of reformist ideas. He regarded the problem of Irish agricultural distress as arising from restrictions on the free exchange of land imposed by existing laws. He also wrote on the Poor Laws and published statistical reports in connection with his work for government commissions.

Lawyer; Professor, Trinity College, Dublin, 1846-1851, Queen’s College, Belfast, 1849-1851.

Achievements

  • Secretary Various Government Comms. Founder, President, State and Social Inquiry Society Ireland, 1847, 1881-1882.

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