Monday, September 06, 2010

The value of the price paid is called costs

"...Action is an attempt to substitute a more satisfactory state of affairs
for a less satisfactory one. We call such a willfully induced alteration
an exchange. A less desirable condition is bartered for a
more desirable. What gratifies less is abandoned in order to attain
something that pleases more. That which is abandoned is called the
price paid for the attainment of the end sought. The value of the
price paid is called costs. Costs are equal to the value attached to the
satisfaction which one must forego in order to attain the end aimed
at." Mises, Human Action, p.97

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