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Hayek, Samuelson, and the logic of the mixed economy?

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  • Farrant, Andrew
  • McPhail, Edward

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In 1980 Friedrich Hayek wrote to Paul Samuelson complaining about the role that Economics had played in discrediting the thesis of Hayek's The Road to Serfdom. In the 11th edition of Economics, Samuelson had written that "each step away from the market system and towards the social reform of the welfare state is inevitably a journey that must end in a totalitarian state." Given the apparent prevalence of this reading of Hayek's thesis, we assess the dispute over Hayek's 'inevitability thesis' and whether Hayek's complaints were justified.

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  • Farrant, Andrew & McPhail, Edward, 2009. "Hayek, Samuelson, and the logic of the mixed economy?," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 69(1), pages 5-16, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:69:y:2009:i:1:p:5-16
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    1. Lawson, Robert A. & Clark, J.R., 2010. "Examining the Hayek-Friedman hypothesis on economic and political freedom," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 74(3), pages 230-239, June.
    2. Makovi, Michael, 2016. "Labor Economics in a Planned Economy: F. A. Hayek and John Jewkes on the Impossibility of Democratic Socialism," MPRA Paper 70174, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Makovi, Michael, 2016. "The Impossibility of Democratic Socialism: Two Conceptions of Democracy," MPRA Paper 70172, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Estrada, Fernando & González, Jorge Iván, 2014. "Política tributaria y economía fiscal en los enfoques de Hayek y Brenann/Buchanan
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    5. Estrada, Fernando & González, Jorge Iván, 2014. "Tax Power and Economics," MPRA Paper 59075, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Makovi, Michael, 2016. "Interest Groups and the Impossibility of Democratic Socialism: Hayek, Jewkes, and the Arrow Theorem," MPRA Paper 70173, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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