The Austrian School is a school of economic thought based on the actions of the individual person. It started in late 19th and early 20th century Vienna, Austria. It is referred to as Austrian economics, because the primary economists were Austrian although its followers are from all over the world today.
Followers of the Austrian school criticize central planning, government price controls and other state regulations. They say that it is impossible for government bureaucrats to make decisions about production or the prices of goods and services because they do not have the knowledge that millions of individual consumers have.
Followers of the Austrian school also criticize government inflation of the money supply.
Important economists of the Austrian School of Economics[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Carl Menger, Principles of Economics, online at https://www.mises.org/etexts/menger/principles.asp
- "Austrian School of Economics". Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (2nd). (2008). Ed. David R. Henderson (ed). Library of Economics and Liberty].
- Methodological individualism at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Ludwig von Mises. Human Action, p. 11, 'Purposeful action and animal reaction'.
- Joseph A. Schumpeter 1996. History of economic analysis, Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195105599.