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Carl Menger

The Austrian School of Economics derives its name from its Austrian founders and early supporters, including Carl Menger, Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk and Ludwig von Mises. Other significant economists include Henry Hazlitt, Murray Rothbard and Nobel Laureate Friedrich Hayek. This school emphasizes the spontaneous organizing power of the price mechanism and holds that the complexity of subjective human choices makes mathematical modeling of the evolving market extremely difficult (or impossible). Its proponents tend to advocate a laissez faire approach to the economy and the enforcement of voluntary contractual agreements between economic agents, but otherwise oppose the smallest imposition of coercive force (especially government-imposed) on commercial transactions.