The Nationalökonomische Gesellschaft (Austrian Economic Association) in the Interwar Period and beyond

Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology

ISBN: 978-1-78560-960-2, eISBN: 978-1-78560-959-6

ISSN: 0743-4154

Publication date: 23 July 2016


The Nationalökonomische Gesellschaft (Austrian Economic Association, NOeG) provides a prominent example of the Viennese economic circles and associations that more than academic economics dominated scientific discourse in the interwar years. For the first time this chapter gives a thorough account of its history, from its foundation in 1918 until the demise of its long-time president, Hans Mayer, 1955, based on official documents and archival material. The topics treated include its predecessor and rival, the Gesellschaft österreichischer Volkswirte, its foundation in 1918 soon to be followed by years of inactivity, the relaunch by Mayer and Mises, the survival under the NS-regime and the expulsion of its Jewish members and the slow restoration after 1945. In particular, an attempt is made to provide a list of the papers presented to the NOeG, as complete as possible, for the period 1918–1938.




Paper presented at the Meeting of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) in Rome, May 2015, and published in a preliminary version as WU Department of Economics Working Paper No. 195. I am grateful to Manfred Nermuth, President of the NOeG 2013/14, for his support of this investigation and for making the Vereins-files available for research. For many helpful comments I am indebted to two anonymous referees. For the permission to quote I thank the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Duke University with regard to the papers of Oskar Morgenstern, and Helmuth F. Furth with regard to the correspondence of Gottfried Haberler and J. Herbert Furth. I am also grateful to Jörg Guido Hülsmann for the copy of a letter, Schumpeter to Mises, 9 December 1918, preserved in the Mises Archive – Translations from German sources are by the author.


Klausinger, H. (2016), "The Nationalökonomische Gesellschaft (Austrian Economic Association) in the Interwar Period and beyond", Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology (Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Vol. 34A), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 9-43.

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