Nassau William Senior

Nassau William Senior

1790–1864

Nationality: English

Historical Period: The 19th Century

Nassau W. Senior (1790-1864) was a British economist who taught at Oxford University and worked on the marginal aspects of inputs to production. He argued that capital accumulation is a cost of production, and drew careful distinctions between wealth and welfare. His contributions to the Whig party as an advisor included arguments about work hours and wages. Along with Edwin Chadwick, he wrote the revised Poor Law Commissioners’ Report of 1834. [The image comes from “The Warren J. Samuels Portrait Collection at Duke University.”]

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