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Research on the origin and development of ordoliberalism History of Economic Thought

The history of ordoliberalism begins with the Freiburg School, a research and teaching collaboration of economists and lawyers at the University of Freiburg in the 1930s and 1940s.

The Walter Eucken Institute aims to investigate the emergence, further development and current significance of ordoliberal thinking. An important research focus is the influence of ordoliberalism on the concept of the Social Market Economy and its relevance for today’s economic and social policy reforms.

Additionally, the institute, in cooperation with recognized historians of ideas, wants to continue to promote research on the individual members of the Freiburg School.

History of Economic Thought Projects

Walter Eucken, Collected Writings

This edition brings together the most important writings and works of Walter Eucken (1891-1950). In addition to the monographs and essays, the letters, diaries and unpublished writings from the estate are edited for the first time. Where available, the texts are printed in the last authorized version. Each volume contains a text index in which the version on which the reprint is based, any previous versions, and their editing and translation history are presented, a detailed introduction by the volume editors, and an index of persons and subjects.


Current Publications

to be published The Renaissance of Ordoliberalism in the 1970s and 1980s

to be published in: Constitutional Political Economy (TIM KRIEGER and DANIEL NIENTIEDT).

December 2023 Freiheit, Staat und Sozialismus

Walter Eucken, Gesammelte Schriften, Band II/3, edited by VIKTOR J. VANBERG, DANIEL NIENTIEDT und UWE DATHE


2023 The Freiburg School and the Virginia School: The Research Programs of Ordnungsökonomik and Constitutional Political Economy

Special Issue in Public Choice, 195 (3-4), 2023 (LARS P. FELD and DANIEL NIENTIEDT).

2023 Menger’s Account of the Origin of Money as a Case Study in the Evolution of Institutions

Review of Austrian Economics 36 (2), 2023, S. 205–215 (DANIEL NIENTIEDT).

2023 Briefe 1907 – 1932

Walter Eucken, Gesammelte Schriften, Band III/1, Herausgegeben von Uwe Dathe und Walter Oswalt


2022 Hayekian Economic Policy

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 204, 2022, pp. 457 – 465 (LARS P. FELD and DANIEL NIENTIEDT). Revised version of: Freiburg Discussion Papers on Constitutional Economics No. 22/01, Walter Eucken Institut, Freiburg i.Br., January 2022.


2022 German Ordoliberalism and Value Freedom: The Case of Walter Eucken

History of Political Economy 54 (4), 2022, pp. 785-799 (DANIEL NIENTIEDT).