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Ludwig H. Mai: A Personal Memoir

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07/30/2014Robert B. Ekelund

Volume 14, No. 2 (Summer 2011)


Ludwig H. Mai was an amalgam of intellectual influences. Most certainly he was partly an Austrian "fellow traveler" — one who had deep respect for Carl Menger and Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk as well as his professor and anti-statist Franz Oppenheimer (who was also an indirect influence on Murray Rothbard). That Mai “added on” ideas learned from such individuals as Wilhelm Röpke, and former Chancellor of West Germany Ludwig Erhard, did not detract from a basic "Austro-German" orientation in his thought. Dr. Mai was my mentor and he took his job seriously. I love and practice economics to this day thanks to the launch I received from him.


Contact Robert B. Ekelund

Robert Ekelund is eminent scholar emeritus at Auburn University. He is author of The Marketplace of Christianity (2006) and Economic Origins of Roman Christianity (2011), and co-author (with Mark Thornton) of Tariffs, Blockades, and Inflation: The Economics of the Civil War.

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Ekelund, Robert B., Jr. "Ludwig H. Mai: A Personal Memoir." The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 14, No. 2 (Summer 2011): 242–248.

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