Economics in Defense of Liberty: The Contribution of Murray Rothbard

37 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2010

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Benjamin Powell

Texas Tech University - Free Market Institute; Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business

Edward Peter Stringham

Trinity College; American Institute for Economic Research

Date Written: September 13, 2010

Abstract

Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) was an Austrian and libertarian economist who held views far outside the accepted mainstream. He was what can be considered a heterodox political economist writing from a libertarian point of view. Rothbard eventually came to the conclusion that there was no economic justification for government. Nevertheless his was extremely prolific in both mainstream and non-mainstream outlets and his work has influenced many people. This article outlines the main influences on Murray Rothbard and surveys his main contributions.

Keywords: History of thought, Austrian school of economics, heterodox approaches

JEL Classification: B25, B31, B53

Suggested Citation

Powell, Benjamin and Stringham, Edward Peter, Economics in Defense of Liberty: The Contribution of Murray Rothbard (September 13, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1676262 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1676262

Benjamin Powell

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Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business ( email )

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Edward Peter Stringham (Contact Author)

Trinity College ( email )

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American Institute for Economic Research ( email )

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Great Barrington, MA 01230
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