Private Property Rights, Erroneous Interpretations, Morality and Economics: Reply to Demsetz

The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring 2000

16 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2011

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Walter E. Block

Loyola University New Orleans - Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business

Date Written: July 6, 2011

Abstract

Professor Harold Demsetz and I have been involved in an intellectual dispute which has taken place over several years. I can hardly have a better debating partner. He is easily amongst the half dozen or so most eminent economists who has not (yet) won the Nobel Prize in this discipline. To say that his contributions to the theory of property rights, regulation, law and economics, to mention only a few of the areas on which he has focused his attention, are highly regarded within the profession would be a vast understatement. Most important of all to me, he is one of the very few eminent economists who has been willing to engage me in intellectual combat.

Suggested Citation

Block, Walter E., Private Property Rights, Erroneous Interpretations, Morality and Economics: Reply to Demsetz (July 6, 2011). The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1880157

Walter E. Block (Contact Author)

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