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Austrian Capital Theory

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  • Lewin,Peter
  • Cachanosky,Nicolas

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This Element presents a new framework for Austrian capital theory, starting from the notion that capital is value. Capital is the value attributed by the valuer at any moment in time to the combination of production-goods and labor available for production. Capital is the result obtained by calculating the current value of a business-unit or business-project that employs resources over time. It is the result of a (subjective) entrepreneurial calculation process that relates the flow of consumptions goods to the value of the productive resources that will produce those consumptions goods. The entrepreneur is a ubiquitous calculating presence. In a review of the development of Austrian capital theory, by Carl Menger, Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig Lachmann as well as recent contributions, the Element incorporates the seminal contributions into the new framework in order to provide a more accessible perspective on Austrian capital theory.

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  • Lewin,Peter & Cachanosky,Nicolas, 2019. "Austrian Capital Theory," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9781108735889, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:cbooks:9781108735889
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    1. Nenovsky, Nikolay, 2019. "Money as a coordinating device of a commodity economy: old and new, Russian and French readings of Marx. Part 2. The theory of money without the theory of value [La monnaie comme dispositif de coor," Revue de la Régulation - Capitalisme, institutions, pouvoirs, Association Recherche et Régulation, vol. 26.
    2. Nenovsky, Nikolay, 2019. "Money as a coordinating device of a commodity economy: old and new, Russian and French readings of Marx. Part 1. Monetary theory of value [La monnaie comme dispositif de coordination d'une économie," Revue de la Régulation - Capitalisme, institutions, pouvoirs, Association Recherche et Régulation, vol. 26.
    3. Carlo Milana, 2019. "Refuting Samuelson's Capitulation on the Re-switching of Techniques in the Cambridge Capital Controversy," Papers 1912.01250, arXiv.org, revised Dec 2019.
    4. Peter Lewin & Nicolas Cachanosky, 2019. "Re-switching, the average period of production and the Austrian business-cycle theory: A comment on Fratini," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer;Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, vol. 32(4), pages 375-382, December.

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