Austrian Economics

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Definition: Austrian Economics

Full Definition of Austrian Economics

Austrian economics is a school of economics that preaches strict methodological individualism. Proponents favour laissez-faire views.


Austrian economists follow a formal approach to theory termed praxeology. The school generally favours an interpretive approach to history. Supporters of the praxeological method are of the belief that economic laws remain valid for all human actions. The interpretive approach is especially suited for particular events in human history. Critics of Austrian economics point to the fact that its methods involve post-hoc analysis and fail falsifiability tests.

Austrian Economic Theory

Austrian economists adopt the maximum use of logical deductive reasoning from stark axioms. They believe that humans take willful steps towards chosen goals. The economic theory recognizes the value of human identity, free-will, existence and consciousness. The Austrian economists, however, focus on action-as they believe- to deny action, one has to use action for denial. Pure logic is employed to arrive at an economic conclusion.

Entrepreneurship is regarded as the principal force in economic development. Private property is compulsory for the efficient deployment of resources. Government interference is seen as harmful to economic development. Like neoclassical economists, Austrian economists disapprove the labour theory of value and other classical costs of production theories. In that place, the Austrian school believe in individuals’ subjective preferences. Economic theories like supply and demand are described as decisions taken by a cluster of individuals. Austrian economists believe in methodological individualism-only individuals make decisions and not collectives. The logical consistency of theory is paramount and Austrian school follow economic subjectivism in marginal economics.


The criticism of Austrian economics lies in its near absence of scientific preciseness. The economic theory is woven in verbal logic. This makes the Austrian school of economic thought to be too foggy to predict or interpret real-world events.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Austrian Economics are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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