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Ona’ah

  • Walter E. BlockEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism book series (PASTCL)

Abstract

Ona’ah is a Hebrew word indicating the Jewish Talmudic law which, according to various interpretations, proscribes both fraud and over-charging. This chapter sharply distinguishes between these two concepts, accepting the former as legitimate but rejecting the latter on grounds of economic inefficiency and property rights violations.

Keywords

Jewish Talmudic law Profiteering Fraud Price controls Economic growth Economic coordination 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Loyola UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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