Armen Alchian

I finally finished the 19-page book chapter “In Celebration of Armen Alchian’s Eightieth Birthday” from “Uncertainty and Economic Evolution: Essays in Honor of Armen A. Alchian”.

I have read about Prof. Alchian for many years from his famous Chinese Ph.D. student Prof. Steven N. S. Cheung. So it is really nice to read from other prospective.

I was particularly touched by this quote in “In Celebration“,

Armen is an extremely clever man, but I count as one of the great virtues of his work that it contains no cleverness for the sake of being clever.

Here is Alchian’s insightful article about Property Rights.


Apr 24, 2008 Update: Here is an hour long audio interview of Alchian, “The Intellectual Portrait Series: A Conversation with Armen A. Alchian (2000)” at The Online Library of Liberty [Hat Tip: Gary & Josh]


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  1. […] teacher and I’ve read many stories about Armen. So it was my great pleasure when I finally found this insightful hour-long audio interview of Alchian, “The Intellectual Portrait Series: A […]

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