Hayek, Austrian Business Cycle Theory, and The Fatal Conceit

  • Alan EbensteinEmail author
Part of the Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics book series (AIEE)


Austrian business cycle theory is Hayek’s business cycle theory - Hayek thought that his work in business cycle theory ultimately underlay The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism (1988). Though Hayek’s business cycle theory is sometimes ascribed to von Mises or conflated with Mises’s thought, this is not accurate. Mises’s theory of a business cycle was more that government-induced credit expansion would ultimately result in inflationary collapse; while Hayek’s argument was that government-directed interest rates held below the natural rate of interest would misshape the structure of production. The idea that prices are nonverbal signals communicating information was perhaps Hayek’s greatest contribution


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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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