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Wieser on Economic Calculation under Socialism

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Tags Calculation and KnowledgeHistory of the Austrian School of Economics

07/30/2014Samuel Bostaph


Volume 6, No. 2 (Summer 2003)


In light of the argument presented in the present paper, it is difficult to avoid the speculation that the main argument that Hayek either half accepted or regarded as exaggerated and one-sided—at least until 1945—was, in fact, the argument that economic calculation is not possible under socialism because, either theoretically or practically, socialism has no means for placing values on higher order goods. If so, then Hayek’s emphasis on the knowledge  problem of socialist planning reflected his conviction that it, not calculation, was the dominant obstacle to rational economic choices under socialism.

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Bostaph, Samuel. "Wieser on Economic Calculation under Socialism." The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 6, No. 2 (Summer 2003): 3–34.

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