Classical Ideas on Entrepreneurship


This conference was on the idea of entrepreneurship in Latin America (in general) and Argentina (more specifically) and how it evolved since the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The discussion mainly examined, but not exclusively, ideas on entrepreneurship by Juan B. Alberdi's.


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Competition and Entrepreneurship

by By Israel M. Kirzner
Edited and with an Introduction by Peter J. Boettke and Frédéric Sautet

Competition and Entrepreneurship defines Israel M. Kirzner’s unique contribution to the economics profession. Pointing out the shortcomings of the traditional microeconomic model, Kirzner offers an alternative and complementary view, which illuminates and enriches the way economists think of the market process. Kirzner develops a theory of the market process that…

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Additional Readings

Alberdi, Juan Bautista. La vida y los trabajos industriales de William Wheelwright en la América del Sud. Paris: Librería de Garnier Hermanos (reprinted from the collection of the University of Michigan Library, digitalized by Google Books), 1876.

Alberdi, Juan Bautista. Escritos Póstumos. Buenos Aires: Imp. Alberto Monkes (reprinted from the collection of the University of Michigan Library, digitalized by Google Books), 1895.

Cantillon, Richard. Essay on the Nature of Commerce in General. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 2010.

Say, Jean-Baptiste. A Treatise on Political Economy; or the Production, Distribution, and Consumption of Wealth. Translated by C. R. Prinsep. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1850.

Schumpeter, Joseph. Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1975, 1976.

Schumpeter, Joseph A. The Theory of Economic Development. Translated by Redvers Opie. New Brunswick and London: Transaction Publishers, 2012.

Smith, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations: Volume 1. Indianapolis: LibertyClassics, 1981.