Foundations of a Pure Cost Theory

  • Heinrich von Stackelberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Heinrich von Stackelberg
    Pages 1-19
  3. Heinrich von Stackelberg
    Pages 21-55
  4. Heinrich von Stackelberg
    Pages 57-78
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 97-142

About this book


Heinrich von Stackelberg’s book “Grundlagen einer reinen Kostentheorie,” published in 1932, was at the forefront of a growing conceptual revolution in the theory of the firm, a theory which appears more relevant than ever in today’s economic climate. In this work, Stackelberg masterfully builds a theoretical framework which he later develops in Market Structure and Equilibrium.

Foundations of a Pure Cost Theory represents the first translation of the original German version into English. This substantial book offers readers a critical and technical understanding of firms, how firms function and the environments in which they operate. Fundamental principles of cost production, market economy, optimum position and velocities of production are given prominence. Ultimately this work, which remains largely unknown, can be seen as a milestone text in our understanding of the strategies adopted by firms as a whole.

The book has been meticulously translated from German into English, retaining the author’s examples in their historical context and capturing the spirit of the time with all its subtlety and significance.


Cost Production Market Economy Optimal Position Velocities of Production

Authors and affiliations

  • Heinrich von Stackelberg
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  1. 1.BonnGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-34536-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-34537-1
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