Hayek — was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in and the Medal of Freedom in and was one of the leading Austrian economists and political philosophers of the twentieth century. Paperback , pages. Published December 18th by Liberty Fund Inc.
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The first contribution is in money and business cycle theory. What Mises tried to show is how money is central to all exchanges, because in a monetary economy, goods trade for money and money trades for goods.
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He postulated that when the government distorts the monetary unit, through the manipulation of money and credit, it can generate boom-and-bust cycles. People do argue this. This is why Paul Krugman gets so incensed. There are technical issues involved here that make this more nuanced. His second contribution was on the controversy over socialism, and whether it could engage in economic calculation. Platinum might well be technologically superior — smoother, longer-lasting — but it costs too much.
Mises came in and said: What is it socialists want to achieve? A burst of productivity, leading to an overcoming of the conflict between classes. What is their means to attain that goal? Collective ownership over the means of production. Rationalisation of production for direct use and not for exchange will produce this burst of productivity that will overcome scarcity and therefore the conflict between the classes.
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What Mises said was: He was the first person to demonstrate that. Socialists were always making compromises with respect to their original plan, trying to jerry-rig it, and you get on this treadmill of economic reforms that characterise the entire Soviet period. Then, eventually, it unwinds in the late s, and you even have people like [left-wing economist] Robert Heilbroner admitting that Mises was right. Which is obvious with hindsight, but is worth pointing out was not necessarily clear at the time Mises was writing.
The arguments that socialism was a better way of organising the economy were very persuasive at the time. Mises makes his argument in , but the socialist calculation debate really takes place, in the English language, in the s, in the middle of the Great Depression. For a lot of economists, socialism is an alternative to the capitalist order, which they see falling apart in front of them. Your ally is the Soviet Union, which has gone from a peasant economy to a military contributor — an amazing transformation of an economy — and because of that is able to help defeat Hitler.
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But if only we could have democracy with it, it would be wonderful. He argues that human sciences are different from the natural sciences. Mises talks about methodological dualism. To communicate this simply, he used to say: The way they reasoned was like a philosopher. His books look like engineering or chemistry books. There was a transformation of economics — it became a tool of social control. Hayek had a great phrase about this. He was going after the idea not only of socialism, but of large-scale macro models.
Because in the midth century, and going up through the s, the economy was envisaged like a bathtub. Mises and Hayek stood in complete opposition to that view. What Mises and Hayek are saying is that that whole way of thinking about the economy reflects a pretence of knowledge — that we know what the full employment output level would be, that we know exactly how much water to let in, and how much to let out — whereas in reality, if we make a mistake with any of that, the water comes gushing out all over our bathroom floor, or it drains completely out and we have nothing.
Therefore you mischaracterise what the task of economics is — you send economics in a direction which is totally different from our heritage, of what we got from David Hume, Adam Smith, Jean-Baptiste Say and John Stuart Mill, and then Carl Menger, and then Mises, Hayek, and other people in the 20th century, like Jim Buchanan.
Personally, yes I do. But there were a lot of things going on leading to this, one of which was that Samuelson was the brightest boy on the block, and when the brightest boy on the block goes in one direction, everyone else follows him. People like John Stuart Mill were gentleman scholars. Keynesian economics, post-World War II, dominated the entire profession. Everyone became a Keynesian and at the graduate, elite levels, it became a totally Samuelsonian project. Samuelson had the intellectual entrepreneurship to write both the Principles of Economics textbook — which became the standard textbook for freshmen — and the standard graduate textbook.
He dominated both ends of the economics profession.
I think Samuelson is worthy of intellectual attention, I just think he sent us in a wrong direction. What the position makes you have is not libertarianism, or anything like that, but humility. The economist is nothing more than a student of society, and any economist that tries to represent themselves as a saviour of society should be subject to ridicule.
Let me read to you from Adam Smith, the section with the invisible hand explanation. The statesman, who should attempt to direct private people in which manner they ought to employ their capitals, would not only load himself with a most unnecessary attention, but assume an authority which could safely be trusted, not only to no single person, but to no council or senate, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it. It would scarcely be too much to claim that the main merit of the individualism which he and his contemporaries advocated is that it is a system under which bad men can do least harm.
It is a social system that does not depend for its functioning on our finding good men for running it, or on all men becoming better than they are now, but which makes use of men in all their given variety and complexity, sometimes good and sometimes bad, sometimes intelligent, and more often stupid. Now we get to a situation which goes haywire for a variety of reasons.
They want to penalise the guys on the right as well. Mises stood against the tide of Keynesianism and animal spirits with his alternative theory about the manipulation of money and credit; he stood against the socialists. Who was against socialism and who was against Keynesianism? Those are our theorists. We really just want to understand the economy. But to me, libertarianism is a by-product, not an assumption going in. If you look at Mises and Hayek, neither of them are natural rights thinkers.
Most libertarianism — if you think about Ayn Rand or even Robert Nozick — derives from an individualist rights perspective. Mises and Hayek are all about consequentialism. Individualism and Economic Order. What he tries to argue is that the price system systematically communicates dispersed information that you and I hold. We express those subjective preferences in trade-offs that we make when we buy some goods and not others. The subjective trade-offs that you and I make have become objective information for other people in making their trade-offs. The price system is a giant telecommunications system.
It tells me about relative scarcities of goods. A classic example of this is gas prices over the last year. No, all we need to know is that the price of gasoline has fallen quite a bit since the summer. This is all communicated through the price system without any of us having to know in detail what is going on. But Hayek has an influence far beyond his own writings. Hayek also influenced information economics in general.