Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 760: The Alert and Creative Entrepreneur: A Clarification

Israel M. Kirzner
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Israel M. Kirzner: New York University, Postal: 1612 Forty-Eighth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11204-1126

Abstract: Israel M. Kirzner is the 2006 winner of The International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research (the FSF-Nutek Award). In this Prize Lecture he argues that a number of those who have commented on his work have misunderstood certain aspects of his theoretical system, and as a result the common distinction in the literature between “Schumpeterian” and “Kirznerian” entrepreneurs is flawed. He also argues that his understanding of the market process (set in motion by entrepreneurial decisions) provides a theoretical underpinning for public policy vis-à-vis entrepreneurship. Professor Kirzner’s main contributions to the economics of entrepreneurship were also presented and evaluated by Douhan, Eliasson and Henrekson (2007).

Keywords: Austrian economics; Economic development; Entrepreneurship; Small business economics

JEL-codes: B49; B52; B53; O31

14 pages, August 12, 2008

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