Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

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Market Failure (History)

  • José Luis Gómez-Barroso
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7883-6_620-1


The existence of market failures is linked to any opinion on the role reserved for the State in the economy. In practice, this means that the notion of market failure (though not necessarily the term) can be traced back throughout all contributions made to economic science. This entry reviews the historical evolution of the opinion on market efficiency and, consequently, of the opinion on the existence of market failures.


Market Failure Austrian School Invisible Hand Economic Thought Public Intervention 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dpto. Economía Aplicada e Historia EconómicaUNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia)MadridSpain