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Malinvestment, Not Overinvestment, Causes Booms

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05/21/2010Ludwig von Mises

The whole entrepreneurial class is in the position of a master builder whose task it is to erect a building out of a limited supply of building materials. Our master builder's fault cannot be overinvestment, but only an inappropriate employment of the means at his disposal, writes Ludwig von Mises (1881–1973).

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Ludwig von Mises

Ludwig von Mises was the acknowledged leader of the Austrian school of economic thought, a prodigious originator in economic theory, and a prolific author. Mises's writings and lectures encompassed economic theory, history, epistemology, government, and political philosophy. His contributions to economic theory include important clarifications on the quantity theory of money, the theory of the trade cycle, the integration of monetary theory with economic theory in general, and a demonstration that socialism must fail because it cannot solve the problem of economic calculation. Mises was the first scholar to recognize that economics is part of a larger science in human action, a science that he called praxeology.

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