Academic Anti-Semitism and the Austrian School: Vienna, 1918-1945

Klausinger, Hansjörg ORCID: (2013) Academic Anti-Semitism and the Austrian School: Vienna, 1918-1945. Department of Economics Working Paper Series, 155. WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.


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The theme of academic anti-Semitism has been much discussed recently in histories of the interwar period of the University of Vienna, in particular its Faculty of Law and Policy Sciences. This paper complements these studies by focusing in this regard on the economics chairs at this faculty and, more generally, on the fate of the younger generation of the Austrian school of economics. After some introductory remarks the paper concentrates on three case studies: the neglect of Mises in all three appointments of economics chairs in the 1920s; the anti-Semitic overtones in the conflict between Hans Mayer and Othmar Spann, both professors for economics at the faculty; and on anti-Semitism as a determinant of success or failure in academia, and consequently of the emigration of Austrian economists. Finally, we have a short look at the development of economics at the University of Vienna during and after the Nazi regime. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Paper
Keywords: history of economic thought / Austrian school of economics / University of Vienna / anti-semitism
Classification Codes: JEL A14, B00, B25
Divisions: Departments > Volkswirtschaft
Depositing User: Doris Anita Oberdabernig
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2013 09:29
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2019 15:01


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