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By Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk

Fresh Literature on curiosity is a complement to Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk's nice past books, Capital and curiosity and The confident concept of Capital. This methodical exam of choices to the Austrian conception he formerly offered is a wonderful representation of the economist's gorgeous endurance and ability for thorough exposition. Historian of inspiration William A. Scott presents a laudatory introduction.

Among the choice theories mentioned through Böhm-Bawerk are the agio idea, use theories, the abstinence idea, the hard work thought, the productiveness conception, the exploitation concept, and the eclectics. In every one case, he indicates the fallacies and missteps of all choices to the time-preference thought, leaving without doubt as to the starting place and nature of interest.

It is very good that every of those theories is still "discovered" via present-day economists, who, being ignorant of the background of suggestion, are below the influence that they're advancing technology whilst actually they're in basic terms digging up outdated fallacies.

Recent Literature on curiosity constitutes what has been previously a misplaced ebook within the historical past of the Austrian culture. it really is indispensible for knowing either the idea and the brain of the economist who used to be Mises's instructor and the grasp of the speculation of interest.

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CHAPTER IV THE ABSTINENCE THEORY the last fifteen years the abstinence theory has been the subject of lively, I may almost say unexpectedly lively, theoretical discussion. To begin with some details, it has received support of an interesting kind from the fact that it has been vigorously defended by some writers against an objection which has played a veiy noisy part in the polemic directed against it by socialistic agitators. The objection is that the greatest capitalists have occasion to practise the least abstinence, and that therefore there is an evident lack of harmony between the magnitude of the causes which are supposed to be in operation, that is, the abstinence practised, and their supposed effect, the amount of interest obtained.

8 But there is a real ob1 A remark of Macfarlane's (p. 179) bearing upon my objection does not appear to me to strike the heart of the matter, but to consist of a mere counter-proposition. 2 "Analysis of Cost of Production" {Quarterly Journal of Economics^ July, 1887). See also above, p. 9. 8 For example, Macfarlane is of the opinion that the " exchange theory," as he calls it (see also above, p. 10, note 1), of the essential features of which he approves, is only an improved and developed form of the theory of Bohm-Bawerk (" the theory here proposed is after all but an extension of Bohm-Bawerk^ 20 RECENT LITERATURE ON INTEREST stacle in the way of the amalgamation of these two theories, namely, that to the "waiting," which Macvane and his followers suggest as a milder term than abstinence, must be assigned the position of an independent sacrifice which must be paid for in addition to that of labour.

The returns of which he speaks in the first part of the argument are TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE xxxvii concrete goods, but the surplus referred to is a surplus of value, obtained by subtracting the value of the cost elements from the value of these concrete goods. What he proves is that inventions increase the physical productivity of labour, and from that fact he draws the unwarranted conclusion that the value of the product and the value of the labour are farther apart than before. In like manner he explains the fall in the rate of interest due to increasing accumulations.

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