Foundation for Economic Education Resident Scholar
Bettina Bien Greaves
Percy L. Greaves Jr., Spouse

Born

Jul 1917, Bettina Bien, in Washington, D.C.

Died

22 Jan 2018, in North Carolina

Awards Received

1997 Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, Center for Independent Thought, Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, 1997
For lifetime achievement

Associations

Foundation for Economic Education, Resident Scholar, Trustee
Mises Institute, Associated Scholar

Articles

A Salute to Bettina Bien Greaves, by Jim Powell, The Freeman, Jul 1997
Written for Greaves' 80th birthday to show an appreciation and the extent of her work for liberty
"Bettina Bien Greaves is an extraordinary, unsung resource for liberty. ... she has done so many things for so many people for so long, it's past time to publicly acknowledge her myriad contributions. ... Bettina made herself perhaps the premier archivist of the postwar libertarian movement. ... Her files include a remarkable collection of articles by Rose Wilder Lane. She has Henry Hazlitt's 20 years of Newsweek columns. She has what is probably the world's largest collection of material on Frederic Bastiat—plus material on Frank Chodorov, Murray Rothbard, and many other important thinkers."
Bettina Bien Greaves - Hero of the Day, The Daily Objectivist, 2000
"... Bettina worked in a number of jobs before gravitating in 1951 to Leonard Read's Foundation for Economic Education ... Bettina has long been a thoughtful and determined champion of the work of Ludwig von Mises, the great Austrian-born economist ... In the 50s and 60s she attended the famous Mises seminar in economic theory at New York University. She is the author of an authoritative two-volume Annotated Bibliography of works by and about Mises; has edited an anthology, Austrian Economics; and most recently, in 1998, edited the Mises collection Interventionism: An Economic Analysis."
How I Became a Libertarian and an Austrian Economist, by Richard Ebeling, 2 May 2016
Autobiographical essay highlighting the people and events who influenced him in his path to libertarianism and Austrian economics
"Around this time, I discovered The Freeman, published by Foundation for Economic Education ... I was soon in correspondence with Bettina Bien Greaves, a senior staff member at the Foundation for Economic Education. She generously guided me to begin reading a much wider group of works on free market economics and the Austrian Economists in particular. ... Bettina Bien Greaves also arranged for me to attend a FEE summer seminar at Irvington-on-Hudson, New York the week after the South Royalton conference was over."

Writings

Hazlitt, Henry (1894-1993), The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
Biographical essay
"Henry Hazlitt, a journalist, writer, and economist, was born in Philadelphia. His father died soon after his birth, and he attended a school for poor, fatherless boys. His mother remarried, and the family moved to Brooklyn, New York. ... Some dismiss Hazlitt as 'just an economic journalist.' But he was no ordinary economic journalist, no 'secondhand dealer in ideas' in the sense used by economist F. A. Hayek. He was an original thinker who contributed to an understanding of economics and libertarian principles and to their dissemination among millions."
Unemployment by Legal Decree, The Freeman, Aug 1956
Discusses the $1.00 an hour minimum wage law passed in March 1956 and its effects, in particular, in Puerto Rico where the legal minimum appeared to be already too high for that market
"Last year, when Congress was debating the question of a new minimum wage law, labor unions were strong in their praise of such a bill. When the new minimum of $1.00 an hour for workers in 'covered' industries became effective on March first of this year, they patted themselves on the back for their part in its passage. ... Modern politicians, who try to legislate high wages, should realize that such laws help cause unemployment among the workers 'covered.' It is a basic economic truth that goods or services priced higher than the market warrants must inevitably remain unemployed."

Interviews

Mises's Bibliographer: An Interview with Bettina Bien Greaves, Austrian Economics Newsletter, 1998
Topics discussed include: Ludwig von Mises, the Mises bibliography project, language knowledge, Leonard Read, Henry Hazlitt, Human Action, the business cycle and her husband's Pearl Harbor book
"I had some French and German in school, and I studied Spanish after I got out of school in 1938, in anticipation of spending some time in Latin America. ... I wanted to do something more exciting and more lucrative. I went to the U.S. employment office to see what they had. They asked me: would you like to work for the government? I said no. Then facetiously I said, 'For one thing I don't like long corridors.' They assured me there would be no long corridors in South America. Thirty days later I was in South America, working with a special commission investigating labor trouble at a Bolivian mine."

Books Authored

Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow
    by Bettina Bien Greaves (introduction), Ludwig von Mises, 1979
Six lectures originally given in 1959 on the following subjects: capitalism, socialism, interventionism, inflation, foreign investment and policies/ideas
Related Topic: Economics
Mises: An Annotated Bibliography: A Comprehensive Listing of Books and Articles by and About Ludwig Von Mises
    by Bettina Bien Greaves, Robert W. McGee, 1993
Partial contents: Books and Monographs - Articles - Audiocassette Tapes - Excerpts from Works - Reviews of Books (all previous: by Ludwig von Mises) - Books and Articles About Ludwig von Mises: 1909-1981
Related Topic: Ludwig von Mises
Rules for Living: The Ethics of Social Cooperation
    by Bettina Bien Greaves (Editor), Henry Hazlitt, 1964
An abridgement of The Foundations of Morality; partial contents: Social Cooperation - Traffic Rules and Moral Rules - The Problem of Self-Sacrifice - Absolutism vs. Relativism - The Ethics of Capitalism - The Ethics of Socialism
  • ISBN 1572460768: Paperback, Foundation for Econ Education, 1st edition, 1999