Small Business Economics

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 145–152 | Cite as

The alert and creative entrepreneur: a clarification

  • Israel M. KirznerEmail author


Israel M. Kirzner is the 2006 winner of The International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research (the FSF-Nutek Award). In this Prize Lecture he argues that a number of those who have commented on his work have misunderstood certain aspects of his theoretical system, and as a result the common distinction in the literature between “Schumpeterian” and “Kirznerian” entrepreneurs is flawed. He also argues that his understanding of the market process (set in motion by entrepreneurial decisions) provides a theoretical underpinning for public policy vis-à-vis entrepreneurship. Professor Kirzner’s main contributions to the economics of entrepreneurship were also presented and evaluated by Douhan et al. [Small Business Economics 29(1–2):213–223, 2007].


Austrian economics Economic development Entrepreneurship Small business economics 

JEL Classifications

B49 B52 B53 O31 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York UniversityBrooklynUSA

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