Professor of Economics at New York University


Israel Kirzner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Israel Meir Kirzner (Yisroel Mayer Kirzner) (born February 13, 1930) is a leading economist in the Austrian School. ..."


13 Feb 1930, Yisroel Mayer Kirzner, in London


Laissez Faire Books

Web Pages

Israel Kirzner - Libertarian
Advocates for Self-Government


A Call to Activism, by Margit von Mises, The Free Market, Jun 1984
Speech delivered 27 Feb 1984 at a Mises Institute dinner in her honor; calling her late husband an "activist of the mind" and encouraging others to become likewise
"I also want to give special thanks to Professor Israel Kirzner, who helped me put the material together for a chapter on Austrian economics. Here is another example of a famous man who has helped me because of his devotion to his great teacher."
How I Became a Libertarian and an Austrian Economist, by Richard M. Ebeling, 2 May 2016
Autobiographical essay highlighting the people and events who influenced him in his path to libertarianism and Austrian economics
"Israel Kirzner was and is the 'ideal type' of the economist's economist. Whether in his office at NYU or in the Austrian Economics seminar, Kirzner was the deliberative, balanced and thoughtful thinker, who in the most scholarly manner explained the Austrian theory of entrepreneurship and the market process, while always showing the most careful respect and attention to alternative approaches and conceptions of the market order within the economics profession. His training as a rabbinical scholar, with its detailed appreciation to words, meanings and conceptual nuance was ever present in his careful and comprehensive textual analysis ..."
Israel M. Kirzner and the Austrian Theory of Competition and Entrepreneurship, by Richard M. Ebeling, Future of Freedom, Aug 2001
Begins with biographical summary and then focuses on Kirzner's understanding of entrepreneurs in the market "process" and the detrimental effects of government intervention in the market
"Besides Kirzner's influence through the originality and persuasiveness of his writings, in 1976 he founded an Austrian economics graduate study program at New York University that has helped to successfully train a new generation of Austrian economists. ... And for more than 25 years, the weekly Austrian economics colloquium at NYU, under Kirznerā€™s general supervision, has been an important focal point for Austrian-oriented economists in the greater New York area."
The Undiscountable Professor Kirzner, by Roger W. Garrison, The Freeman, Aug 1997
"Austrian macroeconomics is not the oxymoron that some have long suspected it of being. While those practitioners among us will quickly forgive Professor Kirzner for never crossing over into macroeconomics, they can offer nothing but praise for the job of bridge-building that he has done so well."


The Economics of Errant Entrepreneurs, The Freeman, Aug 1987
"The great economic virtue of capitalism lies in its ability to stimulate vigorous and imaginative entrepreneurs who create profitable enterprises ... not on any supposed altruism evinced by entrepreneurs who lose money while catering to the tastes of a too-narrow group of consumers ..."
Related Topic: Entrepreneurship
The Nature and Significance of Economic Education: Economists Should Pursue Their Science with Objectivity, Detachment, and Passion, The Freeman, Oct 1998
Explains why economic education of both the general public and politicians/legislators is needed and why a teacher, such as Mises, must remain scientifically detached (value free) even if passionate about the teaching goals
"But why is economic education needed? ... The conclusions of economics are, in general, counter-intuitive. Without careful guidance, the intelligent layman is likely to be led to accept as 'obvious,' policy prescriptions that economics reveals as tending to generate wholly unwanted consequences. ... it is needed in order to introduce the intelligent layman to new ways of looking at and understanding the world. "


Between Mises and Keynes: An Interview with Israel M. Kirzner, Austrian Economics Newsletter, 1997
"As Mises used to say, it was the great contribution of the classical economists to enunciate the concept of economic law. There are, indeed, systematic consequences to our actions. If one accepts that economics is the study of those systematic consequences, one cannot live with a perspective that sees the world as so open-ended that anything is possible."

Books Authored

Competition and Entrepreneurship, 1978
Related Topic: Entrepreneurship
Ludwig Von Mises: The Man and His Economics, 2001
Partial contents: Ludwig von Mises, 1881-1973 - Ludwig von Mises, Economist - The Nature of Economic Inquiry - The Economics of the Market Process - Monetary Theory, Cycle Theory, and the Rate of Interest - Mises: Free-Market Economist of the Century
Related Topic: Ludwig von Mises
The Driving Force of the Market: Essays in Austrian Economics, 2000
Related Topic: Austrian Economics