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Hayek's Anti-Cycle Theory As The Rule Of Necessity


  • Bliek Jean-Gabriel

    (Université d’Aix-Marseille III, France)


Lidée la plus répandue est que dans les années 40 Hayek délaissa léconomie en général et la théorie du cycle des affaires en particulier. En fait, Hayek est demeuré fidèle à ses idées sur ce dernier point. Sa théorie du cycle économique diffère de celle de Mises : Hayek a mis laccent sur les perturbations endogènes qui donnent naissance aux cycles. Selon Hayek et Wicksell, le système bancaire ne parvient pas à arrêter cette expansion illusoire. Les derniers travaux de Hayek sur la concurrence et la monnaie sont dans la lignée de son objectif de stabilisation monétaire. Il ne propose pas une théorie du cycle des affaires mais plutôt une théorie à propos de labsence de cycles, une théorie de lanti-cycle.The most commonly held idea is that in the 1940s Hayek lost interest in economics in general and in trade cycle theory in particular. Hayek did not change his mind on this subject. His trade cycle theory differs from Misesone: Hayek puts the stress on the endogenous disturbance at the beginning of the trade cycle. According to both Hayek and Wicksell, the banking system fails to stop the false expansion. His late works on competition and money remain in line with his objective of monetary stabilization. Hayek does not present a trade cycle theory but rather a theory about the absence of a cycle, an anticycle theory.

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  • Bliek Jean-Gabriel, 1999. "Hayek's Anti-Cycle Theory As The Rule Of Necessity," Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, De Gruyter, vol. 9(4), pages 1-21, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:jeehcn:v:9:y:1999:i:4:n:6

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    1. George A. Selgin & Lawrence H. White, 1994. "How Would the Invisible Hand Handle Money?," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 32(4), pages 1718-1749, December.
    2. Peter J. Boettke (ed.), 1994. "The Elgar Companion to Austrian Economics," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 53.
    3. Roger W. Garrison, 1986. "Hayekian Trade Cycle Theory: A Reappraisal," Cato Journal, Cato Journal, Cato Institute, vol. 6(2), pages 437-459, Fall.
    4. Gottfried Haberler, 1986. "Reflections on Hayek's Business Cycle Theory," Cato Journal, Cato Journal, Cato Institute, vol. 6(2), pages 421-435, Fall.
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