The Review of Austrian Economics

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 311–318

Rothbardian demand: A critique


DOI: 10.1007/s11138-011-0147-3

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Hudík, M. Rev Austrian Econ (2011) 24: 311. doi:10.1007/s11138-011-0147-3


This paper refutes Rothbard’s claim that the law of diminishing marginal utility implies a non-increasing demand curve. It is argued that the law under Rothbard’s interpretation is, in fact, irrelevant for demand theory. An example of increasing demand is provided.


DemandGiffen behaviourMarginal utilityConsumer theory

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Economics, PraguePrague 3Czech Republic