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Presented by Murray N. Rothbard in 1986 at New York Polytechnic University. Recorded by Hans-Hermann Hoppe.
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Presented by Murray N. Rothbard in 1986 at New York Polytechnic University. Recorded by Hans-Hermann Hoppe.
Download the complete audio of this event (ZIP) here.

    1. Intro to Micro: Demand and Supply

    1. Intro to Micro: Demand and Supply

    Microeconomics is concerned with the actions of individuals. The focus of macroeconomics is entire sectors of the economy.

    2. Value

    2. Value

    Why is it that things like bread and water which have high use values are cheap while on the other hand luxury items like diamonds are very expensive? This paradox was not solved until it became understood that people choose only a marginal unit - this loaf or this diamond.

    3. The Determination of Prices

    3. The Determination of Prices

    Price is determined by the equilibrium price and the equilibrium quantity. If your good is not selling, you lower the price. If your goods fly off the shelves you are selling too cheaply and you raise prices.

    4. Price Controls in the Oil Industry

    4. Price Controls in the Oil Industry

    The disappearance of oil has been forecast every decade. Prices were overlooked. When the price is high it is more profitable to look for oil. Total reserves on the ground are higher than they were in 1890.

    5. Minimum Price Controls

    5. Minimum Price Controls

    Thou shalt not sell a certain product or service below a certain price, e.g. wheat, cotton, corn, cheese, sugar. This will result in an artificial unsold permanent surplus, as it does in the American farm situation.

    6. Government Licensing of Industry and Minimum Wage

    6. Government Licensing of Industry and Minimum Wage

    The peanut butter crunch was in 1980. Crop acreage and production was cut down by 45% by government price support, import quotas, and cartelizing of the industry. The price of peanuts more than tripled.

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24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Darth Kazi ,

Essential

Dr. Rothbard's introduction to macroeconomics should be standard, required reading for idle and high school students. His style is often humorous, witty and cutting. Three things missing from the vast majority of economic literature. "The dismal science" as Rothbard put it, would be far less dismal if he wrote more of the material required in Econ courses!

Jeffrey Cilley ,

Fantastic

No one does it like Murray. Entertaining and informative.

Scott Trinh ,

Rothbard is brilliant!

An amazingly detailed overview of micro-economics! Real world examples, and historical exegesis a-plenty! Buckaloaf!

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