I'm shocked-shocked!-that no economists made the greatest Irish people evar list. But they decided to leave out Hamilton and Walton, and put Louis Walsh and Daniel O'Donnell in, so I think it's fair to say they weren't really thinking hard when drawing up the list. Mary Mulvihill has more details. All apart from Dr Whittaker are currently deceased, excepting any zombie-related incidents.
But if--if!--there was an economist in the room, this is part of the list he/she/it would surely have come with. Or something.
- Roy Geary, for his contributions to statistics and setting up the ESRI. Update. Read more on Dr Geary here.
- Francis Edgeworth, for his development of Mathematical Psychics, later bastardised into Walrasian general equilibrium theory. Every student of economics should read Edgeworth's rant about pleasure chariots before asking just how the pleasure chariots got turned into indifference curves. The story is here, if you're interested, but it's a long book.
- WM Gorman, the developer of the Gorman conditions for utility functions and preference fields.
- John Elliot Cairnes, often talked about as the last of the classical economists, which isn't quite right, Cairnes' best book by far was The Slave Power. You can read it yourself to find out why.
- Richard Cantillon. Developed the first fully worked out theory of long run equilibrium (ie when capital, land, and labour are fully mutable)
- TK Whittaker. Saved the Irish State. Full stop. Update. Dr Whittaker is still kicking, all apologies, cheers Dr Lurve.
- Sir William Petty who, though a subject of the Crown, lived and worked most of his life in Ireland. Cheers to Ronan Lyons for the suggestion. Petty was the first real macroeconomist and public finance theorist.
Louis Walsh put Boyzone and Westlife and Samantha Mumba together. I mean, they had good(ish) tunes, but they're not really in the same league, no?
Anyone I missed?