Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ludwig von Mises Books Sighting

At Forbes, a column by Bill Conerly on job opportunities for economists, contains a pic of a bookshelf of economics books.

On the shelf, there is some pretty mainstream stuff, including Samuelson and Keynes. but the shelf also contains the very important Ludwig von Mises works, Human Action and Epistemological Problems of Economics.


  1. I was in the Strand bookstore in Manhattan for the first time recently. They have an extensive selection of used books, as well as a rare book floor. The first thing I do upon visiting any book store is to visit the business/economics section in order to see, if on the rare chance, I find any books by the prominent Austrians.

    As somewhat expected, I found none. I didn't even find Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson which is a common feature in most Barnes and Noble stores. That being said, I saw virtually every volume of Herr Krugmans various works, as well as a number of copies of Piketty, Samuelsson, etc.

    It seems to me that one of two things are true:

    1. New Yorkers and patrons of the Strand don't own or don't want to own any books by Austrians.
    2. They own them but wouldn't think of selling them.

    My inner Walter Block goes with the latter.

  2. Perhaps even more surprising in the picture is the image of Jerry O'Driscoll's "Economics as a Coordination Problem: The Contributions of Friedrich A. Hayek," which appeared in 1997. It certainly bears re-reading to see how the consensus interpretation may have changed

    1. This is crummy comment system. I initially typed in 1977 as the publication date of Jerry's book. Then that was somehow gone, and, well, whatever.