Émile Louis Victor de Laveleye

Economist, Author

1822 – 1892


Who was Émile Louis Victor de Laveleye?

Émile Louis Victor de Laveleye was a Belgian economist. He was one of the co-founders of the Institut de droit international in 1873.

He was born in Bruges, and educated there and at the Collège Stanislas in Paris, a celebrated establishment in the hands of the Oratorians.

He continued his studies at the Catholic university of Louvain and afterwards at Ghent, where he came under the influence of François Huet the philosopher and Christian Socialist. In 1844 he won a prize with an essay on the language and literature of Provence. In 1847 he published L'Histoire des rois francs, and in 1861 a French version of the Nibelungenlied, but though he never lost his interest in literature and history, his most important work was in the domain of economics.

He was one of a group of young lawyers doctors and critics, all old pupils of Huet, who met once a week to discuss social and economic questions and thus was led to publish his views on these subjects. In 1859 some articles by him in the Revue des deux mondes laid the foundation of his reputation as an economist. In 1864 he was elected to the chair of political economy at the state University of Liège. Here he wrote his most important works:

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Apr 5, 1822
Also known as
  • Emile Louis Victor de Laveleye
  • Belgium
Lived in
  • Bruges
Jan 3, 1892

on July 23, 2013


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