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Carl Menger

The determining factor in the value of a good, then, is neither the quantity of labor or other goods necessary for its production nor the quantity necessary for its reproduction, but rather the magnitude of importance of those satisfactions with respect to which we are conscious of being dependent on command of the good. This principle of value determination is universally valid, and no exception to it can be found in human economy.


Carl Menger, Principles of Economics (1871; English translation, 1950), Spring 1977, chapter III, “The Theory of Value.”

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