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Böhm-Bawerk and Entrepreneurship

  • Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk

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Murray Rothbard always maintained that Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, the teacher of Ludwig von Mises, was one of the greatest economists who ever lived.  And Böhm-Bawerk‘s influence on Rothbard’s great treatise, Man, Economy and State was pervasive.  Yet Böhm-Bawerk has never gotten his due, even from modern Austrian economists.  Indeed prominent Austrians have referred to Böhm-Bawerk as  a “Ricardian capital theorist” and to his project in capital theory as pointing toward  ”incomplete subjectivism.”  Now Matt McCaffrey and Joe Salerno set the record straight in their article “Böhm-Bawerk’s Approach to Entrepreneurship” just published in the Journal of the History of Economic Thought.

Ryan McMaken (@ryanmcmaken) is a senior editor at the Mises Institute. Send him your article submissions for Mises Wire and The Austrian, but read article guidelines first. Ryan has degrees in economics and political science from the University of Colorado, and was the economist for the Colorado Division of Housing from 2009 to 2014. He is the author of Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.

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