Steven Horwitz

Steven Horwitz

Steven Horwitz is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University and the author of Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective, now in paperback.

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Is the "Austrian School" a Lie?

Is Austrian economics an American invention?
APRIL 21, 2015

Are "Austrian" economists really part of the tradition of Menger and Mises?


Freedom of Disassociation: Indiana Edition

Repugnance does not justify state coercion
APRIL 10, 2015

Whether it's repugnance at people's religious beliefs or repugnance at the thought of two people of the same sex being married, such an emotion does not suffice to trump fundamental freedoms.


Thomas Piketty’s Literary Offenses

Literature can inform economics, but not if it’s used carelessly
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

Literature can provide excellent data about how people felt about economic data; it's not economic data in its own right, though.


Liberty: Come Play on the Lawn

We all have to be good stewards of liberty’s intellectual commons
JUNE 23, 2014

Older libertarians might be tempted to ostracize younger ones for trivializing our movement. Younger libertarians might be tempted to bypass rigor and quality. But the movement belongs to all of us.


New Year’s Resolutions for Politicians

And one for us all.
JANUARY 01, 2014

Recognizing that self-restraint is rarely a strength of politicians, we want to offer some help. Here are three New Year's resolutions for politicians.


Is Being Less Productive Good for Humanity?

OCTOBER 17, 2012

Economists know that just making more stuff isn't the same as productivity--it has to be stuff people want, at prices they're willing to pay. The nation's most famous newspaper doesn't seem to get this, so Steven Horwitz delivers a lesson in basic economics.


On Competition and Entrepreneurship

The third pillar of the Austrian revival.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

If Austrian economics, and classical liberalism more generally, are to win minds and hearts in the world of ideas, it will be by doing as Israel Kirzner does.


On Individualism and Economic Order

Great Austrian works of the twentieth century
SEPTEMBER 20, 2012

Many of the themes that characterize Austrian economics since its revival in the mid-1970s emerged from these essays.


On Human Action

We owe a debt to Ludwig von Mises.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

Human Action remains one of the great achievements in the social sciences and perhaps the single most important economic treatise of the twentieth century.


Debating the Stimulus

Avoid the GDP distraction.
SEPTEMBER 06, 2012

As the debate over the stimulus continues into November, classical liberals should be aware of the essential issues.


Who Plans Best for Natural Disasters?

Private firms or government agencies?
AUGUST 30, 2012

The private sector can move supplies quickly to where they need to be because it can effectively use local and decentralized knowledge.


Droughts, Famines, and Markets

Why crop failures need not starve anyone.
AUGUST 23, 2012

We can't control the weather, but we can unleash the market and further globalize food production to avoid famines when harvests go bad.


It's Not a Black-and-White World

Find the good among the bad.
AUGUST 16, 2012

The world is not just about good guys and bad guys, but about real people whose ideas are good and bad in various mixtures.


Remembering Heroes of Darker Days

The FEE library and keepers of of the Austrian flame.
AUGUST 09, 2012

It is understandable how many, particularly younger, classical liberals could think this is the worst of times. It is not.


Economics Is Not Materialist

It's about satisfying wants.
AUGUST 02, 2012

We don't prioritize the material over the nonmaterial. Value is in whatever people think will satisfy their wants.


Thoughts on Obamacare, Part III

Break the link between employment and insurance.
JULY 26, 2012

The most important thing is to break the link between employment and health insurance.


Some Thoughts on Obamacare, Part II

Unintended consequences.
JULY 19, 2012

Like almost all government programs and offices, the Affordable Care Act is named for its intended consequences rather than its likely, unintended ones.


Some Thoughts on Obamacare, Part I

Big Insurance wins.
JULY 12, 2012

Our current health care system is a corporatist-interventionist mess that's very far from anything resembling a free market.


Fractional Reserves, Legal Tender, and Central Banking

Keeping our eyes on the ball.
JULY 05, 2012

There's nothing wrong with fractional reserve banking that getting rid of central banking wouldn't cure.


Doing More With Less

In defense of maligned venture capitalists.
JUNE 28, 2012

This destruction of jobs and reallocation of labor and capital are the true sources of prosperity.

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