Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

2019 Edition
| Editors: Alain Marciano, Giovanni Battista Ramello

Austrian School of Economics

  • Michael LitschkaEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7753-2_92

Abstract

This entry describes the role of Austrian Economics as a branch of economics which has enriched economic theory with important concepts and theoretical alternatives. After focusing on main representatives and their ideas (specifically uncertainty, entrepreneurship, evolution, insufficient knowledge, and “rules”) it stresses some differences to mainstream neoclassical economics and possible applications to the discipline of Law and Economics. It argues that some discussions within Austrian Economics (e.g. social design of rules vs. evolutions of rules, the role of markets and institutions, and a specific understanding of efficiency and rationality) have a direct bearing on this discipline and should therefore be analyzed in more detail.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Media EconomicsUniversity of Applied Sciences St. PöltenSt. PöltenAustria