The Nature of the Market in Mises and Weber

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

Abstract

Max Weber and the Austrian School of Economics share many of the same intellectual influences as well as a similar commitment to a social science characterized by methodological individualism, methodological subjectivism, and value-freedom. Although many of the links between Weber and the Austrian school have been explored, one area of agreement between Weber and Mises that is yet to be explored is their shared understanding of the nature of the market. This chapter attempts to close this gap by examining the pictures of the market in Weber’s Economy and Society and Mises’ Human Action. We find that both portrayals share important features. These include similarities regarding (i) the nature of the market; (ii) the market’s autonomous logic; (iii) the impersonality of the market; and (iv) the market in society.

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Stein, S. and Storr, V. (2016), "The Nature of the Market in Mises and Weber", 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. 73-91. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0743-41542016000034A014

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