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The Pure Theory of Capital

Edited and with an Introduction by Lawrence H. White
Foreword by Bruce Caldwell

The Pure Theory of Capital, F. A. Hayek’s long-overlooked, little-understood volume, was his most detailed work in economic theory. Originally published in 1941 when fashionable economic thought had shifted to John Maynard Keynes, Hayek’s manifesto of capital theory is now available again for today’s students and economists to discover.

With a new introduction by Hayek expert Lawrence H. White, who firmly situates the book not only in historical and theoretical context but within Hayek’s own life and his struggle to complete the manuscript, this edition commemorates the celebrated scholar’s last major work in economics. Offering a detailed account of the equilibrium relationships between inputs and outputs in an economy, Hayek’s stated objective was to make capital theory—which had previously been devoted almost entirely to the explanation of interest rates—“useful for the analysis of the monetary phenomena of the real world.” His ambitious goal was nothing less than to develop a capital theory that could be fully integrated into the business cycle theory.

464 pages | 34 line drawings, 1 table | 6 x 9 | © 2007

The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek

Economics and Business: Business--Industry and Labor, Economics--General Theory and Principles, Economics--History


“If I had to single out the area in which Hayek’s contributions were the most fundamental and pathbreaking, I would cast my vote for the theory of capital. . . . It is my sincere conviction that this work contains some of the most penetrating thoughts on the subject that have ever been published.”

Fritz Machlup, past president, American Economic Association

Table of Contents

Editorial Foreword, by Bruce Caldwell
Editor’s Acknowledgements, by Lawrence H. White
Editor’s Introduction, by Lawrence H. White
The Pure Theory of Capital
Table of Contents
Analytical Table of Contents
Text to The Pure Theory of Capital
Guide to Terms

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