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Mises University 2008

July 27 - August 2 2008

Auburn, Alabama


Note: The conference is full.

Photo of 2008 Mises University Faculty, Staff and Students

Mises University is open to full-time students, faculty, and current Members of the Mises Institute (Click HERE to join). Interested full-time students can apply now to receive a scholarship covering full tuition, housing, and meals (catered and served at the Mises Institute). A limited number of Member Observer and Faculty slots are available.  Please contact pat@mises.org

The conference begins with registration anytime between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, July 27, with dinner at 7:00 and the first lecture at 8:00 p.m.  The last session is Saturday afternoon, August 2 followed by graduation and a cookout.  Student dormitory rooms are scheduled for check-out on Sunday, August 3.


Rooted in the tradition of Carl Menger and Ludwig von Mises, as well as Murray Rothbard and F.A. Hayek, the Austrian School offers a rigorous and logical approach to economics that gives free markets their due and takes full account of the reality of human choice.

More than a field within economics, the Austrian School is an entirely different approach that dissents from the mainstream on method, theory, and policy. It views economic actors as unique, conscious, and freely choosing individuals, not as undifferentiated data to be manipulated mathematically or politically.


The Mises University is the world's leading instructional program in the Austrian School of economics. Since 1986, it has been the essential training ground for economists who are looking beyond the mainstream.

The program offers courses, seminars, and reading groups on the whole range of the discipline. A core curriculum presents economic foundations, and more than fifty elective classes explore the entire range of economics, in all levels of advancement. The program ends with a Mündliche Prüfung, an optional exam for an honors certificate.

Some very good news for those students who attend the Mises University: The student who emerges from the oral examinations (the Mündliche Prüfung) with the best record, as chosen by the examining committee, will be awarded the Douglas E. French Scholarship Prize of $2,500. The second and third highest scores will receive the George and Joele Eddy Prizes of $1,000 and $500 respectively. The winners will be announced and the prize money given at the closing cookout.

Subject areas cover market behavior, competition, value and utility, money and banking, business cycles, industrial organization, method, economic history, the philosophy of science, financial economics, and more. You attend what most suits your interests and level of advancement.

Classes are interspersed with reading groups, discussion seminars, faculty panels, and plenary lectures. There are special sessions on economic history, economics and ethics, and political philosophy. Nightly social hours allow time to meet and discuss it all with faculty and other students. There's even a primer on surviving graduate school.

All students must be familiar with the Required Readings prior to attending. You might also examine the lecture notes of David Heinrich (Class of 2004), which covers approx. 2/3 of the conference (many sessions are parallel).


The Mises Institute, the world center for the scholarship of liberty, is located adjacent to the campus of Auburn University and near the heart of uptown Auburn. The recently expanded Mises Campus features seminar rooms, an extensive special-collections library, a large archival center housing the papers of Mises and other great Austrian economists, seminar rooms, and retail bookstore, a music conservatory, an outdoor amphitheater, and study gardens.

You'll stay at the Cambridge Dormitory, a private residential dorm near the Mises Institute, offering comfortable, air-conditioned rooms with private baths, laundry and computer facilities, fitness room, and an outdoor pool.

Breakfast will be served at the dormitory and all other meals are catered and will be enjoyed at the library and gardens of the Mises Institute. Classes will be in the seminar rooms and library of the Mises Institute. Nightly social hours will offer refreshments and movies in an informal atmosphere ideal for discussing new ideas from the daily lectures or for making new friends.


  • Walter Block (Loyola University, New Orleans)
  • Thomas DiLorenzo (Loyola College, Baltimore)
  • Roger Garrison (Auburn University)
  • David Gordon (Mises Review)
  • Jeffrey M. Herbener (Grove City College)
  • Hans-Hermann Hoppe (Mises Institute)
  • Jörg Guido Hülsmann (University of Angers)
  • Peter Klein (University of Missouri) (Lecture 1 | Lecture 2 | Lecture 3 | Lecture 4)
  • Roderick T. Long (Auburn University)
  • Robert Murphy (Mises Institute)
  • Ralph Raico (State University College at Buffalo)
  • George Reisman (Pepperdine University) (Readings | Capitalism | GeorgeReisman.com/Blog | Capitalism.net)
  • Joseph T. Salerno(Pace University)
  • Mark Thornton (Ludwig von Mises Institute)
  • Thomas Woods (Ludwig von Mises Institute)


See this compendium of student comments




If you are a full-time student, graduate or undergraduate, fill out the on-line Student Scholarship Application which can be sent by mail or email attachment. The application deadline is June 23, 2008. Economics majors have priority, but students in all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

You must also send the following items to the Institute via email with attachments to pat@mises.org, or by fax to 734-448-8148, or via regular mail to Mises University, 518 W. Magnolia Avenue, Auburn, Alabama 36832.   

  • unofficial copy of your transcript
  • copy of your student ID
  • No student scholarship application will be considered until it is complete.

If accepted, you must then familiarize yourself with the Required Readings, most of which are available on Mises.org. (Mark Thornton's readings on prediction in .doc)

You must also agree to abide by the Manual for visiting scholars (opens pdf in new window)

A limited number of Member Observer and Faculty slots are available.  Please contact pat@mises.org for details.

Accommodations: Auburn University Hotel within walking distance of the Mises Institute.  Call 800-228-2876 or 334-821-8200 before June 27 and mention the Mises Institute for a special rate of $105 per night single or double, plus tax.  Or register on-line for a room at the Cambridge Dormitory.

Questions:  Patricia Barnett

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