Bastable was born in County Cork in 1855, and died in Dublin in 1945. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin where he studied history and political science (BA 1878) and then went on to study law. He was called to the bar in 1881. In 1882 he was offered and accepted the post of Whately Professor of Political Economy at Trinity College, Dublin. He held this post until his retirement in 1932. In Britain, Bastable was also a prominent figure; he was a member of the first Council of the Royal Economic Society, and in 1894 was elected president of Section F of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 1921.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.