The Review of Austrian Economics

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 199–221 | Cite as

Competing explanations of the Minsky moment: The financial instability hypothesis in light of Austrian theory

  • David L. PrychitkoEmail author


This paper evaluates the Minsky hypothesis. I discuss the Austrian theory of the business cycle against his theory, from the perspective of the theory and with reference to the current crisis. Minsky offers some of the theoretical details of speculation during the boom phase, which is a positive feature of his hypothesis and allows us to see more clearly how the recent financial crisis played itself out, but in the end his cycle theory remains incomplete. The Minsky moment—a feature of the recent housing bubble—is something that the Austrian theory of the cycle is already fit to explain.


Hyman Minsky Austrian economics Financial instability Business cycles Recession Crisis 

JEL codes

B25 E32 E44 E58 



I thank an anonymous referee for some fine suggestions, and Peter Boettke, Tyler Cowen and Jeffrey Friedman for their encouragement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNorthern Michigan UniversityMarquetteUSA

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