Quotation Klausinger, Hansjörg. 2015. Hans Mayer, Last Knight of the Austrian School, Vienna Branch. History of Political Economy 47 (2), 271-305.




Hans Mayer (1879-1955) has been portrayed either as a tragic hero or, more often, as an evil traitor who presided, as the school’s only representative at the University of Vienna, over the decline of the Austrian school in its home country for almost three decades. While from the outset his goal had been to secure the survival of the school in Vienna’s increasingly hostile academic environment, in the course of time he invested most of his energies not in his scientific work but in unending conflicts in the realm of academic politics. Thus for Mayer the school’s defense became more and more an end in itself, justifying any sacrifice on its behalf, even that of his own reputation, for example during the Nazi rule in Austria, 1938-45. This paper tells the story of this strange academic life and its repercussions for the evolution of Austrian economics.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal History of Political Economy
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-D
Language English
Title Hans Mayer, Last Knight of the Austrian School, Vienna Branch
Volume 47
Number 2
Year 2015
Page from 271
Page to 305
Reviewed? Y
URL http://hope.dukejournals.org/content/47/2/271.abstract
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/00182702-2884333


Academic Economics at the University of Vienna, 1917-1950
Klausinger, Hansjörg (Details)
Department of Economics (Kartal) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
6526 History of science (Details)
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