New Paper by Kirzner and Sautet
| Nicolai Foss |
Israel Kirzner is surely one of the more neglected of economists. Now that entrepreneurship has become almost a mainstream theme in economics, Kirzner certainly deserves more recognition and credit for his four decades long insistence on the importance of the entrepreneur as the prime mover of the market process. (Here is a great Israel Kirzner site.)
What appears to be Kirzner’s latest paper is “The Nature and Role of Entrepreneurship in Markets: Implications for Policy,” written with Frederic Sautet and published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
The paper is particularly interesting as it is taken up with a theme that has often been claimed to be absent from Kirzner’s work, namely that of institutions and how institutions can be designed (or influenced) to impact entrepreneurship. The new stuff arrives at about p. 14. In addition to discussing how the institutional matrix impacts entrepreneurship, there is so much emphasis on creativity as an aspect of entrepreneurship that the paper sounds Schumpeterian in places. There is also much emphasis on entrepreneurship being embedded in a cultural context.
So, has Israel Kirzner gone applied? Well, not exactly, as the discussion still moves on a fairly abstract level (for an applied exercise that is rather related to Kirzner and Sautet’s, see this excellent paper), but certainly is more “applied” than the Kirzner of, say, Competition and Entrepreneurship.