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Business Cycles

Part I

In the years following its publication, F. A. Hayek’s pioneering work on business cycles was regarded as an important challenge to what was later known as Keynesian macroeconomics. Today, as debates rage on over the monetary origins of the current economic and financial crisis, economists are once again paying heed to Hayek’s thoughts on the repercussions of excessive central bank interventions.
The latest editions in the University of Chicago Press’s ongoing series The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, these volumes bring together Hayek’s work on what causes periods of boom and bust in the economy. Moving away from the classical emphasis on equilibrium, Hayek demonstrates that business cycles are generated by the adaptation of the structure of production to changes in relative demand. Thus, when central banks artificially lower interest rates, the result is a misallocation of capital and the creation of asset bubbles and additional instability. Business Cycles, Part I contains Hayek’s two major monographs on the topic: Monetary Theory and the Trade Cycle and Prices and Production. Reproducing the text of the original 1933 translation of the former, this edition also draws on the original German, as well as more recent translations. For Prices and Production, a variorum edition is presented, incorporating the 1931 first edition and its 1935 revision. Business Cycles, Part II assembles a series of Hayek’s shorter papers on the topic, ranging from the 1920s to 1981.
In addition to bringing together Hayek’s work on the evolution of business cycles, the two volumes of Business Cycles also include extensive introductions by Hansjoerg Klausinger, placing the writings in intellectual context—including their reception and the theoretical debates to which they contributed—and providing background on the evolution of Hayek’s thought.

304 pages | 7 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2012

The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek

Economics and Business: Economics--General Theory and Principles


“The two Business Cycles volumes bring together some of Hayek’s most substantial contributions to technical economics—and on a topic of enduring interest. The finely crafted introductions by the editor, Hansjoerg Klausinger, add both importance and interest to the volumes.”

Roger W. Garrison, Auburn University

Table of Contents

Editorial Foreword

Introduction to the Series, by Lionel Robbins (1933)
Preface (1933)
Preface to the German Edition (1929)
Preface to the Reprint of the German Edition (1976)
Analytical Table of Contents
One The Problem of the Trade Cycle
Two Non-Monetary Theories of the Trade Cycle
Three Monetary Theories of the Trade Cycle
Four The Fundamental Cause of Cyclical Fluctuations
Five Unsettled Problems of Trade Cycle Theory

Foreword to the First Edition, by Lionel Robbins (1931)
Preface to the First Edition (1931)
Preface to the Second Edition (1935)
Preface to the German Edition, Preise und Produktion (1931)
Preface to the Reprint of the German Edition (1976)
One Theories of the Influence of Money on Prices
Two The Conditions of Equilibrium between the Production of Consumers’ Goods and the Production of Producers’ Goods
Three The Working of the Price Mechanism in the Course of the Credit Cycle
 Appendix: A Note on the History of the Doctrines Developed in the Preceding Lecture 
Four The Case for and against an ‘Elastic’ Currency
 Appendix: Some Supplementary Remarks on ‘Neutral Money’

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