Ursula Kathleen Hicks

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Lady Ursula Hicks

Ursula Kathleen Webb Hicks (1896–1985)[1] was an Irish-born economist and academic.

Early life[edit]

She was daughter of William and Isabella Webb, born in Dublin on 17 September 1896. She was educated at Roedean and Somerville College, University of Oxford. Her post-graduate study was at the London School of Economics where she was a lecturer.

She married fellow academic Sir John Hicks.

Academic career[edit]

Ursula Hicks was a renowned public finance and development economist. Hicks was also one of the founders of the Review of Economic Studies and Managing Editor there from 1933 to 1961. She was a fellow of Linacre College, Oxford, where a building is named after her.[2]

Her 1946 paper argued against economic usefulness of the distinction between direct taxes and indirect tax (as to who the nominal payer is) versus taxes on income and expenditures (outlays), a distinction now recognized in national accounting.

Lady Hicks received an Honorary Fellowship at the Institute of Social Studies in 1967.

Selected publications[edit]

  • 1946. "The Terminology of Tax Analysis," Economic Journal, 56(221), p p. 38-50.
  • 1947, 3rd ed., 1968. Public Finance, Cambridge Economic Handbooks.
  • 1954, revised 1958. British Public Finances: Their Structure and Development 1880 - 1952, Oxford University Press
  • 1961. Development from Below. Clarendon Press. Opening paragraph & review excerpt.
  • 1978. Federalism: Failure and Success: A Comparative Study. Oxford. Review excerpt.


  1. ^ "Lady Ursula Hicks, c1970s". LSE Library.
  2. ^ "Named areas of college". Linacre College. Archived from the original on 2013-12-18. Retrieved 2013-12-28.

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