Ludwig Von Mises's Approach to Capital as a Bridge between Austrian and Institutional Economics
Journal of Institutional Economics, 2016, Vol. 12, No. 4: 847-866
18 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2016 Last revised: 14 Jan 2017
Date Written: March 16, 2016
Ludwig von Mises seems to be something of an outlier within the Austrian school when it comes to capital – though his position is clearly foreshadowed in a neglected article by Carl Menger (1888). In this paper we examine Mises’s view on capital and suggest that it constitutes a bridge between Austrian and institutional economics. As an outflow of Mises’s approach, an incipient financial approach may be discerned, an approach to capital that integrates concepts from financial theory into a broader view of capital that contains both institutional and Austrian elements.
Keywords: Theory of capital; Capitalism; Historically specific institutions; Monetary calculation
JEL Classification: B52, B53, D24, P10
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