Josef Loschmidt’s Economic Ideas

Protective Tariffs and National Welfare
  • Fritz Weber


There have always been people who did not stick to their narrow field of academic interest. Josef Loschmidt, trained as a chemist, became well-known in the realm of physics. He also took an interest in economic problems, but — although he had acquired some “managerial” experience — his few notes on these problems were those of a dilettante. They have no systematic character, nevertheless, they follow a red thread, linking them to common ideas and prejudices of his time. The topics his notes deal with were much discussed in the 1880s: the consequences of the cheap American grain exports for European agriculture and society as a whole.


European Agriculture American Food Protective Tariff Economic Council Global Free Trade 
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  1. 1.
    Cf. Douglas, C. North, Robert Thomas, The Rise of the Western World. A New Economic History, Cambridge 1973.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Cf. Eduard März, Österreichische Industrie-und Bankpolitik im Zeitalter Franz Joseph I, Wien 1968, pp. 137-44.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    The Loschmidt estate, in possession of Dr Alfred Bader, Milwaukee; copies in Vienna, in custody of Dr R. Rosner. In order to facilitate reference to the different subjects covered by Loschmidt, his manuscript pages have been split up and renumbered, and are cited here as pp. 1-40.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fritz Weber
    • 1
  1. 1.University of EconomicsViennaAustria

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