chapter  9
AUSTRIAN ECONOMICS AND UNCERTAINTY: ON A NON-DETERMINISTIC BUT NON-HAPHAZARD FUTURE
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That man acts and that the future is uncertain are by no means two independent matters. They are only two different modes of establishing one thing.

(Mises 1949: 105)

INTRODUCTION In this paper, I will apply Austrian economics to the problem of uncer­ tainty. Economists of the Austrian School of economics acknowledge the prevalence of uncertainty in economic practices. With regard to future conditions, uncertainty prevails in both long-term and short-term activities (Mises 1962: 51). ‘This uncertainty of the future is one of the main marks of human condition. It taints all manifestations of life and action’ (Mises 1962: 65).