Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics

Ownership, Scarcity, and Economic Decision Making

The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics

Volume 5, No. 1 (Spring 2002)


The existence of and need for property is a consequence of scarcity, which is further affected by the very institution to which it gives rise. However, this “problem” in a sense supplies its own solution, as ownership implies the ability to exchange, and consequently, the emergence of exchange ratios in a common unit (that is, money prices) that permit economic calculation and thus the ability to coherently compare prospective courses of action.This article will attempt to elaborate on this idea, and applications of this notion will be made to the problems of socialism, monopoly capitalism, and business cycle theory. 




Mahoney, Dan. “Ownership, Scarcity, and Economic Decision Making.” The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 5, No. 1 (Spring 2002): 39–54.

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