Institutions as Knowledge Capital: Ludwig M' Lachmann's Interpretative Institutionalism
Nicolai J. Foss
Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategic Management and Globalization
University of the Witwatersrand - School of Economics and Business Sciences
The paper revisits the socioeconomic theory of the Austrian School economist Ludwig M. Lachmann. By showing that the common claim that Lachmann's idiosyncratic (read: eclectic and multidisciplinary) approach to economics entails nihilism is unfounded, it reaches the following conclusions. (1) Lachmann held a sophisticated institutional position to economics that anticipated developments in contemporary new institutional economics. (2) Lachmann's sociological and economic reading of institutions offers insights for the problem of coordination. (3) Lachmann extends contemporary new institutional theory without simultaneously denying the policy approach of comparative institutional analysis.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 28
Keywords: Comparative institutional analysis, coordination, expectations, institutional
JEL Classification: B31, B52, B53, D80
Date posted: April 26, 2007
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