Ronald Coase was Wrong

Nehemiah Bartley; the Turon goldfields; Charles Henry Marshall; Ronald Coase; and his book.

Ronald Coase included two essays about Alfred Marshall’s family in his book Essays on Economics and Economists. Unfortunately they contain many factual errors as well as faulty assessments and analyses of references. As a result, the Essays give a misleading picture of Alfred Marshall’s family background and cannot be relied upon. But they have been.

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Some examples

Invention: The meeting at the core of Coase’s claims between Alfred’s uncle, Charles Henry Marshall, and Nehemiah Bartley on the Turon goldfields did not happen.

Selective quoting: The full Colonial despatch Coase quotes to claim incompetence on the part of Alfred’s grandfather, William, show something quite different.

Misrepresentation: The Edinburgh Postal Directories clearly show that William did not fail and become a clerk. Coase says they do.

Omission: Coase claimed that William died leaving his children destitute when his probate papers clearly show that he left a very healthy legacy.

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