William Stanley Jevons

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William Stanley Jevons (1 September 1835–13 August 1882) was a British economist. He was particularly known for discovering the marginal utility approach in price theory, at the same time as Léon Walras and Carl Menger.

He is also notable for popularizing the Essai, a largely unnoticed magnum opus of Richard Cantillon, which Jevons declared to be, "more emphatically than any other single work, the Cradle of Political Economy".[1]


  1. W. Stanley Jevons. "Richard Cantillon and the Nationality of Political Economy", Library of Economics and Liberty, from the Essai sur la Nature du Commerce in Général (Essay on the Nature of Trade in General). First Pub. Date 1730? Referenced 2011-05-25.