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Books by Memger Menger. The text at stake is uneconomical twofold, inasmuch as it is, once, much more expansive than one would expect from the page count, and twice, much less empirically grounded than Austrian economists would like it to be. If we grasp this, we shall be able to understand how the almost unlimited saleableness of money is only a special case, – presenting only a difference of degree – of a generic phenomenon of economic life – namely, the difference in the saleableness of commodities in general” p.

Brief primer on how money is created, and then solidified.

View the discussion thread. It really is a slow process to learn about the market’s economy and it’s concepts but with an evolutionary perspective it becomes the most natural thing.

Jan 05, Rudy rated it liked it Shelves: Charaf El Berdai rated it liked it Jul 11, Sadly, the world’s economies continue to gyrate between continuous booms and busts while money is in the hands of the world’s central bankers.

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The Origins of Money

It goes into more detail on yhe origins, whereas Rothbard’s book covers more detail on weights, sizes, etc. It is a good place to start in terms of reading through Austrian Economics. Newer Post Caro Post Home. True money, “Geld”, is the only financial asset that is not anyone’s liability – as Professor Antal Fekete Menger’s follower has been explaining for the last 20 years.

But I’ve already made it clear that anthropology and history demonstrate that money can emerge by ways other than barter spot transactions – this in fact a major finding of anthropology that contradicts the dogmatism you ifn in someone liek Rothbard: To view it, click here.


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On the Origins of Money | Mises Institute

Written in the same year that he testified before the Currency Commission in Austria-Hungary, and published in English inCarl Menger explains that it is not government edicts that create money but instead the marketplace.

Written origkn the same year that he testified before the Currency Commission in Austria-Hungary, Carl Menger explains that it is not government edicts that create money but instead the marketplace. Comicbook rated it liked it Dec 26, Money cannot be established by a social contract, by government ob, or by artificial schemes proposed by economists. Could have just said “Money arises as people begin to use a good with extreme liquidity across time and space, and with low storage and transport costs, to facilitate exchanges that are otherwise mismatched across time and space.

Tough read though, as the dialect was difficult to decipher. Feb 24, Sijing rated it really liked it Shelves: It is a brief account of the origins of money, which lie in the free market rather than the political institute, the state. Menger’s work provided the foundation for all of the Austrian School and the bedrock for monetary theory, laying the groundwork for Mises, Hayek, and Rothbard.

Sanction by the authority of the state is a notion alien to it. Jan 08, Jason Keisling rated it really liked it Shelves: A captivating read anyway, which could provide a good companion to undergraduates first learning about Walrasian models and finding little to relate to in the infamous welfare theorems.

Now oorigin might say that Menger only means that a medium of exchange can be instituted by government legislation after it has arisen by private market barter spot transactions.

So while Menger believed that the state might adopt metals as money, it could not legislate into existence a worthless item as money. But he had an abiding faith in the principles and laws of the market that spring from the subjective choices mwnger men.

On the Origins of Money

I understood here the concept of liquidity. This is, as far as I’m concerned, the last book Carl Menger miney wrote, and one of the earliest writings in the tradition of Austrian Economics.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I have no doubt he was fundamentally a metallist. His prose is dense enough for him to squeeze intricate arguments into 4-page-long, standalone chapters without sacrificing any depth or academic rigor.


Michael Hanson rated it it was megner Dec 27, With the average sentence length running more than three lines, the writing is in no way an easy read. By The Origins of Money we mean the value of money, the role of prices and finally that chicken and egg question: Lord Keynes January 7, at 4: Thus, the claim that banks create money is just a fallacy of thee who have been misled by this conceptual and etymological confusion.

Moneyness: Menger and the origins of money

And while the free market is being blamed for the recent financial meltdowns, there can be no free market if money is controlled and debauched by the state. Want to Read saving…. The fifth chapter is, for instance, extremely enlightening and a prime example of what textbooks should be written like.

Paperback54 pages. Brian rated it it was amazing Apr 02, It’s biggest virtue is that, unlike much of what passes for Austrian “economic theory” these days, its political undertones aren’t quite as explicit. In his testimony for the Currency Commission inMenger urged a return to sound money and provided specific recommendations to achieve that goal, but Menger was, in the words of Hans F.

Ricardo Vargas rated it really liked it Dec 14, mennger Foreword by Doug French. There is a phenomenon which has from of old, and in a peculiar degree, attracted the attention of social philosophers and practical economists, the fact of certain commodities these being in advanced civilizations coined pieces of gold and silver, together subsequently with documents representing those coins becoming universally acceptable media of exchange.

Carl Mengerchartalismmetallism. Jun 10, Luis Mella gomez rated it it was amazing. Dec 06, Jamie King rated it it was amazing Shelves: The public’s understanding of what money is and its origins has devolved to the point where the government monetary authorities can now inflate with impunity, with the ultimate result to be the destruction of the division of labor undoing all of mankind’s progress to date.