A Reader’s Question on Integrating Austrian Economics with Investing

Subject: Re: Economics (Austrian?) and its relevance to Value Investing

A Reader implores, “One last question. I’ve actually bought all of James Grant’s books but where does his book fit into the framework of Austrian economics?Should I read it first before reading Austrian economics? Afraid I’d get confused.

I’m a bit embarrassed really, but since you’ve already taken the road, I’m hoping not to have to ‘reinvent the wheel’, so to speak… either that or I’m just plan lazy.

Reply: James Grant has said he is a big fan of Ropke http://library.mises.org/books/Misesorg/Who%20is%20Wilhelm%20Roepke.pdf.

The book Grant mentions is Wilhelm Ropke’s Crises and Cycles (1936) in his excellent book, The Trouble with Prosperity: A Contrarian’s Tale of Boom, Bust and Speculation.

Try reading Ropke’s book: http://library.mises.org/books/Wilhelm%20Ropke/Crises%20and%20Cycles.pdf

 Flash that tome on your blind date! It didn’t work so well for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvB_Ck2zFzs.

I then had to spend a lot of time travelling with my brother to get back home where I belong. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN0DczbPznY&feature=related

Or start here: How to study Austrian Economics: http://www.libertyclassroom.com/learn-austrian-economics/

My suggestion is to start with The Trouble with Prosperity and note your questions, then look at Jim Grant’s notes and bibliography–read some of his sources. But keep learning economics–the proper way.

Good luck and let me know if that helps.

6 responses to “A Reader’s Question on Integrating Austrian Economics with Investing

  1. Thanks John. I’ll start with these first then 😀

  2. I’ve read a book on Austrian School economics and always sort of wondered about the conflict between the subjective theory of value it describes and the intrinsic theory of value that value investors believe in.

  3. Hey, just noticed Capital Account interviewed Jim Grant recently here:

  4. Thanks agewisdom. Ben Graham and Austrian economcis:mises.org/journals/scholar/Leithner.pdf

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