Free Market Economics
Free market economy is almost synonymous with Laissez-faire economy, that is, free market without economic intervention and regulation by government. Free-market economy is often used synonymously with market economy, but this does not preclude an economy from having socialist attributes. Free market economy is the opposite of a controlled market economy.
Free Market economy is an economy in which goods and services are freely exchanged without obstruction or regulation and where decisions about production and consumption.
In free market economy decisions regarding investment, production and distribution are based on supply and demand where the prices of goods and services are determined in a free price system.
In free market economy the buyers and sellers are solely
responsible for the choices they make. Free market gives the absolute power to prices to
determine the allocation and distribution of goods and services.
Books on Free Market Economics:
The Myth of the Free Market: The Role of the State in a Capitalist Economy The Myth of the Free Market: The Role of the State in a Capitalist Economy by Mark A. Martinez. "In this thoughtful and erudite book, Martinez forces us to re-examine the myth of the 'natural' free market order. Using very intelligently a wide range of fascinating historical and contemporary examples, he takes us through many important economic, political, and philosophical reflections about the true nature of the market system and its important but limited role in the construction of a civilized society." --Ha-Joon Chang, University of Cambridge, author of Kicking Away the Ladder and Bad Samaritans.
Economics, a Free Market Reader Economics, a Free Market Reader by various authors (Bettina Bien Greaves originally compiled the articles) and Jane Williams and Kathryn Daniels; Editors. A good understanding of free market economics may be gained by reading the articles in "Economics: A Free Market Reader" and completing the accompanying study questions and answers. "Economics: A Free Market Reader" includes a selection of articles that originally appeared in "The Freeman," a monthly study journal published by The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). "Economics: A Free Market Reader" includes two types of study questions. Prior to each article the "What Do You Think?" questions should be answered based on the reader's current knowledge and/or opinion of the topic. These answers should be revisited after reading the article to see if the perspective/knowledge base of the student has changed. Following each article are "Thought Questions" which are designed to facilitate student-teacher discussion, and to enhance the student's understanding and appreciation of the subject matter.
Free Market Economics: A Reader Free Market Economics: A Reader by Bettina Bien Greaves. Bettina Bien Greaves put this volume together as a one-stop primer in economics that includes the best economic writing she had run across. In some ways, the choices are brilliant. They are arranged by topic to cover the division of labor, prices, profits, property, competition, saving and investement, environment, antitrust, money and banking, advertising and marketing, and more. Authors include Read, Mises, Bastiat, Greaves, Kirzner, Watts, Hazlitt, and many other writers. Each essay is short and to the point. It still makes a great primer!
Railroading Economics: The Creation of the Free Market Mythology Railroading Economics: The Creation of the Free Market Mythology by Michael Perelman. Most economic theory assumes a pure capitalism of perfect competition. This book is a penetrating critique of the rhetoric and practice of conventional economic theory. It explores how even in the United Statesthe most capitalist of countriesthe market has always been subject to numerous constraints. Perelman examines the way in which these constraints have been defended by such figures as Henry Ford, J. P. Morgan, and Herbert Hoover, and were indeed essential to the expansion of U.S. capitalism. In the process, he rediscovers the critical element in conservative thoughtthe "forgotten traditions of railroad economics"that has been lost in the neoliberal present. This important and original historical reconstruction points the way to a discipline of economics freed from the mythology of the market.
Free Market Madness: Why Human Nature is at Odds with Economics--and Why it Matters Free Market Madness: Why Human Nature is at Odds with Economics--and Why it Matters by Peter A. Ubel. From Publishers Weekly: According to Ubel, physician and behavioral scientist at the University of Michigan, marketers exploit basic human irrationality to persuade people to consume dangerously unhealthy foods and spend more money than they have. Contending that capitalism inherently exploits its participants' vulnerabilities, Ubel posits that it's the government responsibility to guide people to act in their own self-interest with educational campaigns and, possibly, taxes or restrictions on advertising to children. The book explores why such measures have been criticized with a swift discussion on free-choice economics and modern-rationalist economists; equal time is devoted to the findings of scientists and psychologists that rebut such perspectives. While Ubel presents a nuanced treatment of issues often reduced to sound bites, his arguments can be difficult to follow; further, his disdain for everything from snack food to beer, television and expensive prescription drugs might strike some readers as sanctimonious. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. "a useful and stimulating book...loaded with information about the ways manufacturers, retailers and advertisers manipulate tastes and appetites." --Toronto Star
Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't by John R. Lott Jr. Freedomnomics is everything you wanted to know about the world but didn't know economics could tell you. Economist and bestselling author John Lott shows the logic of free market economics through clear and hard-hitting examples. From the Inside Flap How free-market economies really work. Are free market economies really based on fleecing the consumer? Is the U.S. economy truly just a giant free-for-all that encourages duplicity in our everyday transactions? Is everyone from corporate CEOs to your local car salesman really looking to make a buck at your expense? In Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't, economist and bestselling author John R. Lott, Jr., answers these and other common economic questions, bravely confronting the profound distrust of the market that the bestselling book Freakonomics has helped to popularize. Using clear and hard-hitting examples, Lott shows how free markets liberate the best, most creative, and most generous aspects of our society--while efforts to constrain economic liberty, no matter how well-intentioned, invariably lead to increased poverty and injustice.
Free Market Economics: A Syllabus Free Market Economics: A Syllabus by Bettina Bien Greaves. This little gem is a complete economics education for high-school age students. It provides lessons, study questions, activities, and an excellent list of readings for each topic under consideration. Bettina chose well because the readings all hold up, even though the syllabus came out in 1974. It still works as an excellent course in economics. It is meant to be used alongside the book of readings (free makert economics: a reader) also available from Mises dot org and on amazon. Together the set will put any student on the road to a lifetime of economic understanding.
Selling the Free Market: The Rhetoric of Economic Correctness Selling the Free Market: The Rhetoric of Economic Correctness by James Arnt Aune. From Booklist: Aune, an academic, sets out to "explain the way in which technical economic rhetoric has been allowed to trump the moral and cultural meanings of community, nature, work, and the market." The author, identifying himself as an old-fashioned socialist, investigates the strategies used to promote the emergence of the global free market since 1989 and explains what he considers the destructive impact that free-market economics has on the American character and community, citing labor organizing and family farms. His conclusions include the notion that communication cannot be reduced to the exchange of information without radically limiting the possibilities for humans to flourish, not just economically but also socially, culturally, and in every other way--and all free marketers end up with elements of irrationality in their systems. He also contends that the convergence of the ideologies of information and of the market has been facilitated by the globalization of capitalism, the collapse of socialism, and the rise of the Internet. Mary Whaley, Copyright © American Library Association. "...Aune targets the free-market commanders with elegant precision."--The Washington Monthly
Economics Does Not Lie: A Defense of the Free Market in a Time of Crisis Economics Does Not Lie: A Defense of the Free Market in a Time of Crisis by Guy Sorman. In the 20th century, privatization and market capitalism have reconstructed Eastern Europe and lifted 800 million people - in China, Brazil, and India - out of poverty. In Economics Does Not Lie, noted French journalist Guy Sorman reveals that behind this unprecedented growth is not only the collapse of state socialism but also a scientific revolution in economics - one that is as of yet dimly understood by the public but increasingly embraced by policymakers around the globe.
Vienna and Chicago, Friends or Foes?: A Tale of Two Schools of Free Market Economics Vienna and Chicago, Friends or Foes?: A Tale of Two Schools of Free Market Economics by Mark Skousen. Is the bridge between the Austrian and Chicago schools coming together or moving apart? In his new book, Vienna and Chicago, Friends or Foes? economist and author Mark Skousen debates the Austrian and Chicago schools of free-market economics, which differ in monetary policy, business cycle, government policy, and methodology. Both have played a successful role in advancing classic free-market economics and countering the critics of capitalism during crucial times and the battle of ideas. But, which of the two is correct in its theories? Vienna and Chicago, Friends or Foes? includes interviews with economists in both camps, uncovering their strengths and weaknesses. At the end of each chapter, Skousen declares whos right and whos wrong either with "Advantage, Vienna," or "Advantage, Chicago." The results are surprising, and Professor Skousen ends his provocative and timely work by attempting to foster common ground between these two warring schools. From the Chicago school: "This tale is thorough, thoughtful, even-handed, and highly readable. All economists, of whatever school, will find it both instructive and entertaining." Milton Friedman From the Austrian school: "In his upbeat tale of two schools, Skousen gives us a delightful blend of theory, history, and political science, and shows that there is much common ground and scope for development." Roger W. Garrison
Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse by Thomas E. Woods Jr. and Ron Paul. If you are fed up with Washington boondoggles, and you like the small-government, politically-incorrect thinking of Ron Paul, then you'll love Tom Woods's Meltdown. In clear, no-nonsense terms, Woods explains what led up to this economic crisis, who's really to blame, and why government bailouts won't work. Woods will reveal: * Which brave few economists predicted the economic fallout--and why nobody listened * What really caused the collapse * Why the Fed--not taxpayers--should have to answer for the current economic crisis * Why bailouts are band-aids that will only provide temporary relief and ultimately make things worse * What we should do instead, to put our economy on a healthy path to recovery With a foreword from Ron Paul, Meltdown is the free-market answer to the Fed-created economic crisis. As the new Obama administration inevitably calls for more regulations, Woods argues that the only way to rebuild our economy is by returning to the fundamentals of capitalism and letting the free market work.
The Politics of Free Markets: The Rise of Neoliberal Economic Policies in Britain, France, Germany, and the United States The Politics of Free Markets: The Rise of Neoliberal Economic Policies in Britain, France, Germany, and the United States by Monica Prasad (Paperback - Jul 17, 2006) "The Politics of Free Markets makes a substantial, original, and controversial contribution to discussions of neoliberalism, taxation, and welfare policies. It displays the strengths of institutional analysis, but more so than most of its companions in that field it clarifies how political institutions offer opportunities and threats to political entrepreneurs. By incorporating U.S. experience into a tight comparison, furthermore, it strikes multiple blows against American exceptionalism. The book should stir a vigorous debate among scholars and policy advocates."--Charles Tilly, Columbia University. The attempt to reduce the role of the state in the market through tax cuts, decreases in social spending, deregulation, and privatizationneoliberalismtook root in the United States under Ronald Reagan and in Britain under Margaret Thatcher. But why did neoliberal policies gain such prominence in these two countries and not in similarly industrialized Western countries such as France and Germany? In The Politics of Free Markets, a comparative-historical analysis of the development of neoliberal policies in these four countries, Monica Prasad argues that neoliberalism was made possible in the United States and Britain not because the Left in these countries was too weak, but because it was in some respects too strong.
Free Markets and Social Justice Free Markets and Social Justice by Cass R. Sunstein. While not meant to be an overarching "theory of justice" Cass Sunstein's book supplies many of the theoretical components any grand theory ought to include. In the broadest terms, this collection of articles argues that achieving social justice should be of greater importance than the purity of free markets. Markets, he argues, are themselves only possible through political guarantees of rights and the rule of law, and they should be subordinate to discussions of justice. Sunstein considers seven principles that clarify what is at stake in contemporary discussions of law and economics, often exposing unfounded assumptions of libertarians and free market devotees, yet never losing sight of the value of markets and the goods they procure. Insightful chapters on the formation of preferences, the diversity of human goods, the context dependence of choice, and the vexing problems of rationality blend the author's broad knowledge of contemporary philosophy, his command of legal history and philosophy, and a solid grasp of economic theory. Those looking for sound and challenging thinking on these topics have an excellent source in this volume. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From Booklist: Sunstein, noted legal scholar and prolific author, is also the Llewellyn Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago School of Law; he has written dozens of articles for academic and law journals and for the popular press. His books include Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech (1994) and The Partial Constitution (1993). In the context of a "mounting enthusiasm for free markets" worldwide, Sunstein undogmatically analyzes here the complex relationships between market forces, social justice, liberty, and freedom. He develops seven basic themes--beginning with the "myth of laissez-faire" as he declares that "the notion of `laissez-faire' is a grotesque misdescription of what free markets actually require and entail." Organizing his presentation into three sections (foundational issues, rights, and regulation), he raises potent issues such as how we measure well-being, why markets do not eliminate discrimination, and the paradoxes of the regulatory state. Sunstein successfully and eloquently lays out weighty arguments without making them seem ponderous. David Rouse
Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People by Jon Jeter. From Publishers Weekly: Starred Review. In an eloquent, no-holds-barred indictment of globalization, Jeter, former Washington Post bureau chief for southern Africa, weaves the narratives of prostitutes in Buenos Aires and cab drivers in Brazil, tomato sellers in Zambia and an upwardly mobile black woman in Chicago into an analysis of how globalization and free trade have transformed many of the world's manufacturing hubs into global flea markets. There are true moments of heartbreak, particularly when Jeter shows how globalization has slowed progress in postapartheid South Africa and mingles with racism in Brazil, where employers and the state target poor black women for forced sterilization for the putative sake of a larger work force. The ghetto is in its ascendancy, he writes, challenging free trade orthodoxy and its ability to reduce poverty with examples of nations like Chile which have rethought their attitudes toward globalization and are moving toward new strength and independence. Jeter's stinging criticisms are a catalyst for a truthful and painful discussion about who a global economy helps and who it destroys. (May) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist: This moving account of what poverty looks like in Mexico, Malawi, and Johannesburg (among other sites) by a former Washington Post bureau chief gently sings with the indignity of it all. By personalizing the struggle for survival around the globe (and based on seven years of interviews), whether its an Argentine prostitute or a Zambian tomato seller, Jeter dramatically paints the pictures of the have nots, pointing to political machinations, economic greed, failed governmental policies, and the deconstruction of the family framework as contributing causes to famine, disease, and crime. Readers will recognize many contemporary portraits, including that of Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush, now far from his roots as a Black Panther power to the people, and that of Chicago Afro-American Sonia, who cannot find a comparable mate. Yet he also profiles two countriesChile and Venezuelathat have bucked the system and invested in manufacturing and exports, with no small reduction of the worlds chasm between wealthy and dirt-poor. An impassioned storyteller, Jeter wisely refrains from polemics and preachifying, gaining a powerful voice that, one hopes, will not be ignored. --Barbara Jacobs
The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey by Ken Schoolland. "This book makes you laugh, but it leaves you meditating, which is one of the most effective ways ever invented, in making them understand the principles of a free market economy and a free society." Valentina Buxar Challenges readers to think about why some countries are rich, while others are poor and explores alternative thinking about important economic, practical, and philosophical matters.