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Es el primer libro de Carl Menger que leo, es un corto ensayo en el que da a entender que el origen del dinero no se dio de manera estatal como se pensaba . Carl Menger. El hecho de que William Stanley Jevons, Carl Menger y Léon Walras sobre todo respecto del problema del origen del dinero. Debe aludirse. El dinero (Biblioteca Austriaca) [Carl Menger] on ha sido el único capaz de dar una explicación satisfactoria del origen de esa institución social.

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Eel for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Origins of Money by Carl Menger. Written in the same year that he testified before the Currency Dindro in Austria-Hungary, and published in English inCarl Menger explains that it is not government edicts that create money but instead the marketplace.

Individuals decide what the most marketable good is for use as a medium of exchange. In its origin it is a social, and not a state institution.

Sanction by the authority of the state is a notion alien to it. Paperback54 pages. Published by Ludwig von Mises Institute first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Origins of Moneyplease sign up. Lists with This Book. If we grasp this, we shall be able to understand how the almost unlimited saleableness of money is only a special case, – presenting only a difference of degree – of a generic phenomenon of economic life – namely, the difference in the saleableness of commodities in general” p.

The price at which any one can at pleasure buy a commodity at a given market and a given point of time, and the price at which he can dispose of the same at pleasure, are two essentially different magnitudes. However, it happens to represent three major steps towards a more complete and authentic grasp of the real nature of money: Every good has its own saleability which is discovered on the market first quotation ; 2 – Those varying degrees of saleability are visible in the bid-ask spread, which we can attest by trying to sell back the goods we have just bought second quotation ; 3 – The emergence of a single commodity to be used as the general means of exchange, hoarding and accounting is the result not of a legal decree or premeditated convention, but of a spontaneous social development, brought about by the individual actions of the most diverse economic agents, each one guided by their own interests third quotation.

Even though this is a subject I wish to further explore, my take on this is that Germans seem to be in a more advantaged position to understand the nature of money than any other European speakers. They are the only ones who seem to define money, etymologically, as that which fulfills one’s promise, that which releases one from debt, rather than giving attention to the physical properties of the substance used. Thus, in Portugal, we have “moeda”, which also means “coin”, from the latin “moneta”, and also “dinheiro”, which I would translate as “currency” – something that circulates, which reminds us of the ability to clear a set of various interrelated transactions; but we seem to lack a definitive name for the ultimate settlement – “Geld”, to pay, to perform, as Menger explained.


The danger of this subtle handicap is present in the modern confusion between money and credit. True money, “Geld”, is the only financial asset that is not anyone’s liability – as Professor Antal Fekete Menger’s follower has been explaining for the last 20 years. Thus, the claim that banks create money is just a fallacy of those who have been misled by this conceptual and etymological confusion.

It was just my humble opinion. View all 13 comments. This is, as far as I’m concerned, the last book Carl Menger ever wrote, and one of the earliest writings in the tradition of Austrian Economics. It’s biggest virtue is that, unlike much of what passes for Austrian “economic theory” these days, its political undertones aren’t quite as explicit.

His prose is dense enough for him to squeeze intricate arguments into 4-page-long, standalone chapters without sacrificing any depth or academic rigor.

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The fifth chapter is, for instance, extremely enlightening and a prime dinfro of what textbooks should be written like. Jan 08, Jason Keisling rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a very good read on the origins of money. It goes into more detail on the origins, whereas Rothbard’s book covers more detail on weights, sizes, etc. Both are short and very informative. Jun 08, Cristhian rated it really liked it.

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Ensayo corto e interesante, les guste o no el capitalismo. Aug 17, Jairo Fraga oirgen it really liked it. Feb 24, Sijing rated it really liked it Shelves: It is a brief account of the origins of money, which lie in the free market rather than the political institute, the state. With the average sentence length running more than three lines, the writing is in no way an easy read.

An equally informative and easier to read account on the same topic can be found in the first chapter of Murray Rothbard’s book, The Mystery of Banking. And if you don’t know this already, most, if not all, of the books by the Austrian school economists are freely availabl It is a brief account of the origins of money, which lie in the free market rather than the political institute, the state. And if you don’t know this already, most, if not all, of the books by the Oigen school economists are freely available on the Mises Institute website.

Dec 05, Pablo74 rated it liked it. Dec 08, Hongliang rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

Jan 05, Rudy rated it liked it Shelves: Find herein a history of Money as a spontaneous construct, dknero, maybe more interestingly, as a platonic ideal. The text at stake is uneconomical twofold, inasmuch as it is, once, much more expansive than one would expect from the page count, and twice, much less empirically grounded than Austrian economists would like it to be.


A captivating read anyway, which could provide a good companion to undergraduates first learning about Walrasian models and finding little to relate to in the infamous we Find herein a history of Money as a spontaneous construct, and, maybe more interestingly, as a platonic ideal. A captivating read anyway, which could provide a good companion to undergraduates first learning about Walrasian models and finding little to relate to in the infamous welfare theorems. Dsl 06, Jamie King rated it it was amazing Shelves: By The Origins of Money we mean the value of money, the role of prices and finally that chicken and egg question: Common assumption takes that the state deel the money.

Carl Menger questions this assumption. After acknowledging there is no recorded history of such an event we go through a thought exercise then of just how money could of came into effect. Apr 26, David rated it it was ok. Could have just said “Money arises as people begin to use a good with extreme liquidity across time and space, and with low storage and transport costs, to facilitate exchanges that are otherwise mismatched across time and space.

Jan 06, Zach Boyle rated it really liked it. It is a good place to start in terms of reading through Austrian Economics.

Brief primer on how money is created, and then solidified. Sep 29, Aureliano rated it really liked it. I understood here the concept of liquidity. It really is a slow process to learn about the market’s economy and it’s concepts but with an evolutionary perspective it becomes the most natural thing. Jun 12, Brendan Martin rated it really liked it.

Very important to understanding the whole of economics. If this basic understanding of money was carried consistently through all economic philosophy, much of what is taught in the mainstream today would be debunked. Apr 09, Joe Femino rated it really liked it. Helps point out the common sensical evolution of money. Tough read though, as the dialect was difficult to decipher.

Jun 10, Luis Mella gomez rated it it was amazing. An excelent insight of how in a free market the process of money can be created! Comicbook rated it liked it Dec 26, Michael Hanson rated it it was ok Dec 27, Brian rated it it was amazing Apr 02, William Pow rated it it was amazing Jul 11, Benjamin rated it liked it Jan 15, Diego Brando rated it liked it Aug 02, Ryan Jankowski rated it liked it Dec 09, Charaf El Berdai rated it liked it Jul 11, Marc rated it it was amazing Jul 05, Ricardo Vargas rated it really liked it Dec 14, Kyle rated it really liked it Aug 04, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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