The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Sombart, Werner (1863–1941)

  • B. Schefold
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Sombart was born in Ermsleben (Germany), the son of a well-to-do National Liberal member of the Prussian Diet. He studied economics, history, philosophy and law in Berlin, Pisa and Rome. In 1888 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Berlin and became an officer of the Bremen chamber of commerce. Two years later he was appointed extraordinary professor of political economy at the University of Breslau; in 1906 he became full professor at the Handelshochschule in Berlin and in 1917 transferred to the University of Berlin.


Capitalism Luxury consumption Marxism Planning Sombart, W. 

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