The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
| Editors: Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Lederer, Emil (1882–1939)

  • Robert A. Dickler
Reference work entry


Emil Lederer was a prominent economist and sociologist in the German Weimar Republic. He was born in the Bohemian town of Pilsen in 1882 and died in political exile in New York City in 1939. In Vienna and Berlin, where he studied both law and economics, Lederer participated in advanced seminars conducted by Menger, Böhm-Bawerk and Schmoller. From 1918 to 1931 he served as professor in Heidelberg and then succeeded Sombart in Berlin from 1931 to 1933. In collaboration with E. Jaffé, Schumpeter and Sombart as well as Max and Alfred Weber, he edited the Archiv für Sozialwissenschaft und Sozialpolitik, the renowned social science journal which ceased publication under the Nazi regime. After emigrating to New York in 1933 be became the first Dean of the New School for Social Research’s Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, which was comprised of outstanding Continental scholars who had also sought asylum in the United States.


Austrian economics Bureaucracy Business cycles Cartels Class Creative destruction Division of labour Entrepreneurship Excess capacity Great Depression Increasing returns Lederer, E. Mixed economy Planning Structural unemployment Technical change Uncertainty Vertical integration 

JEL Classifications

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.


  1. Bortkiewicz, L. von. 1907. On the correction of Marx’s fundamental theoretical construction in the third volume of Capital. In Karl Marx and the close of his system by E. von Böhm-Bawerk and Böhm-Bawerk’s Criticism of Marx by R. Hilferding, ed. P.M. Sweezy. New York: Kelley, 1949.Google Scholar
  2. Hilferding, R. 1910. Das Finanzkapital. Vienna: I. Brand.Google Scholar
  3. Schumpeter, J.A. 1939. Business cycles. New York: McGraw-Hill.Google Scholar
  4. Schumpeter, J.A. 1942. Capitalism, socialism and democracy. 2nd edn,. New York: Harper, 1947.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Macmillan Publishers Ltd. 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Dickler
    • 1
  1. 1.