Austrian Capital Theory: A Modern Survey of the Essentials

For some time now, Peter Lewin and I have been working on the implications of applying finance to capital theory. This work has taken place mostly in journal articles.

We now offer a short book on the historical development of Austrian Capital Theory (ACT). This book is a part of the new “Elements” series by Cambridge University Press. The book is part of Elements in Austrian Economics edited by Peter Boettke.

The book is scheduled to be published in January (2019), but is already available to pre-order.

Book description

This Element presents a new framework for Austrian Capital Theory, starting from the notion that capital is value. Capital is the value attributed by the valuer at any moment in time to the combination of production-goods and labor available for production. Capital is the result obtained by calculating the current value of a business-unit or business-project that employs resources over time. It is the result of a (subjective) entrepreneurial calculation process that relates the flow of consumptions goods to the value of the productive resources that will produce those consumptions goods. The entrepreneur is a ubiquitous calculating presence. In a review of the development of Austrian Capital Theory, by Carl Menger, Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig Lachmann as well as recent contributions, the Element incorporates the seminal contributions into the new framework in order to provide a more accessible perspective on Austrian Capital Theory.