The Austrian Business Cycle Summary

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Hayek’s explanation of an economy’s business cycle “The Austrian Business Cycle”: In his book “Prices and Production”, Hayek’s argued that any business cycle commence as a result of a monetary policy or approach that is adopted by governments. Hayek agreed with Adam’s Smith theory of free markets. He argued that despite the fact that markets evolved over time as a result of human actions, at a certain stage markets fail resulting in unemployment and inefficient allocation of resources. On analyzing the factors behind markets failure, Hayek suggested that the reason behind fluctuations in the stability of markets was the intervention of governments in the monetary equilibrium of economies. There he argued for a monetary approach to the origins of the cycle. In his Prices and Production (1931), Hayek argued that the business cycle resulted from the central bank 's inflationary credit expansion and its transmission over time, leading to a capital misallocation caused by the artificially low interest rates. Hayek claimed that "the past instability of the market economy is the consequence of the exclusion of the most important regulator of the market mechanism, money, from itself being regulated by the market process". When Hayek first introduced his business cycle theory, he based his judgment on five building blocks. First, Wicksell’s theory of the cumulative process, in which, price variances are caused by the inconsistency in the price level resulting from fluctuating
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