The Epistemology of Mathematical Economics and the Austrian Critique

Table of Contents Introduction Reflections on Epistemology The Epistemology of Mathematics From Physics to Economics Economic Thought Before Econometrics The Origins of Econometrics William Petty Leon Walras Methodenstreite: The Austrians vs. the Prussian Historical School Caveats in Economic Statistics GDP CPI Other metrics Causation or Correlation? Are Economic Equations Really Necessary? What is the Purpose … Continue reading The Epistemology of Mathematical Economics and the Austrian Critique

Book Review: The Market Loves You | Jeffrey Tucker

As both a libertarian and a student of praxeology, I was somewhat perplexed from the title of Tucker's new book The Market Loves You. Only man acts, in the sense of utilizing means purposively to achieve certain objectives, as the praxeological axiom goes; the market as an aggregate of individuals cannot by itself act, and … Continue reading Book Review: The Market Loves You | Jeffrey Tucker

On Natural and Artificial Hierarchies

Except for the belief that the State ought not to exist, not much agreement can be settled across different factions of Anarchism. Self-proclaimed Anarchists often cannot even concur about what the foundational principles behind Anarchism really are. While "Anarcho-Capitalists" or "free market Anarchists" claim that one only needs to believe the State shouldn't exist (or … Continue reading On Natural and Artificial Hierarchies

Book Review: “The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science” – Ludwig von Mises

In this essay, published in 1962, Mises elaborates in depth what praxeology means, what implications it has for the study of human action, and criticizes doctrines contradictory to the praxeological method (especially logical positivism). Mises takes complete distance from the classical characterization of man as "Homo oeconomicus" (that is, a purely self-interested and rational person), … Continue reading Book Review: “The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science” – Ludwig von Mises

The Austrian Theory of the Business Cycle

Whence comes the boom in economic development - and why does it tend to eventually turn into a bust? Recessions like the Great Depression (1930s) and the Great Recession (2008) have frequently been pointed to as central flaws in a market free economy. Without showing direct causal relationships, deregulation is claimed to be the great … Continue reading The Austrian Theory of the Business Cycle

What Profit Really Means: A Book Review of Ludwig von Mises’ “Profit and Loss”

This book review was originally published on Medium.  Profit and Loss is a short book (some might say a pamphlet) by the great economist Ludwig von Mises on just 56 pages about what profit actually means and the significance it has for the entrepreneur and the economy at large. He dispels common myths about profit and … Continue reading What Profit Really Means: A Book Review of Ludwig von Mises’ “Profit and Loss”