'Time Preference and Investment Expenditure': Comment on Hülsmann

Procesos de Mercado: Revista de Economía Política VIII, 2 (2011) 291-304

14 Pages Posted: 23 May 2014 Last revised: 20 Oct 2015

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Xavier Méra

Université catholique de l'Ouest

Date Written: April 1, 2011


Hülsmann (2008) argues that the neglect of time preference changes on the demand side of the time market renders Rothbard's (1993) analysis incomplete in that it unduly portrays a rise in the volume of investment as a necessary counterpart to a fall in the pure interest rate. Focusing on the determinants of the demand for present goods, this paper shows that though Hülsmann's strictures are essentially valid, Rothbard has actually explained why the direct impact of time preference changes should display themselves mostly on the supply side. However, the implications have been neglected both by Hülsmann and Rothbard. We explore these implications, demonstrating that the present demand schedule and the volume of investment should be considered as mostly independent from present time preferences and determined instead by past production decisions. We show how this approach allows for a more "dynamic" understanding of the time market and growth processes.

Keywords: Time Preference, Investment Expenditure, Time Market, Structure of Production, Interest Rate, Growth Types, Austrian Macroeconomics

JEL Classification: B53, E22, E23, E43, O11, O16, O40

Suggested Citation

Méra, Xavier, 'Time Preference and Investment Expenditure': Comment on Hülsmann (April 1, 2011). Procesos de Mercado: Revista de Economía Política VIII, 2 (2011) 291-304, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2439987

Xavier Méra (Contact Author)

Université catholique de l'Ouest ( email )

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