Wilhelm Georg Friedrich Roscher

Economist, Academic

1817 – 1894

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Who was Wilhelm Georg Friedrich Roscher?

Wilhelm Georg Friedrich Roscher was a German economist from Hanover.

He studied at Göttingen, where he became a member of Corps Hannovera, and Berlin, and obtained a professorship at Göttingen in 1844 and subsequently at Leipzig in 1848.

The main origins of the historical school of political economy may be traced to Roscher. Its fundamental principles are dated to his Grundriss zu Vorlesungen über die Staatswirtschaft nach geschichtlicher Methode.

Roscher tried to establish the laws of economic development by using the historical method from the investigation of histories legal, political, cultural and other aspects.

Roscher developed a cyclical theory where nations and their economies pass through youth, manhood and senile decay: “The method of a science is of greater significance by far than any single discovery, however amazing the later may be.” This was in direct contrast to the English traditional economist who believed that the principles of a science were only exposed long after they had performed their duties.

This short study was afterwards expanded into his great System der Volkswirthschaft, published in five volumes between 1854 and 1894, and arranged as follows:

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Born
Oct 21, 1817
Hanover
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Education
  • Humboldt University of Berlin
Employment
  • University of Leipzig
Lived in
  • Hanover
Died
Jun 4, 1894
Leipzig

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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