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Mises Circle in Indianapolis (Sponsored by Weaver Popcorn Company)

May 14

Indianapolis, Indiana


(Student scholarship application at end of this page.)

Some government programs seem to last forever, no matter how preposterous. So it is with agricultural subsidies. They raise prices. They reward in efficient producers. They subsidize unfairly. They divert resources. And they cost taxpayers mightily.

This one-day event will explore the history, present, and future of ag subsidies from the point of view of economic theory, demonstrating why few government programs enjoy less rationale than this one.

Sessions and lunch take place at the beautiful, new, downtown JW Marriott, 10 S. West Street, Indianapolis.   

SCHEDULE (Eastern Time Zone)


8:30 a.m.    Registration begins, coffee, Bookstore open
9:30 a.m.    Welcome
9:45 a.m.    Thomas DiLorenzo "The Agricultural-University Complex: Destroying Agriculture for 80 Years"
10:15 a.m.  Douglas French "Farmland Boom and Bust"
10:45 a.m.  Discussion, refreshments, Bookstore open
11:00 a.m.  Yuri Maltsev "What Soviet Agriculture Teaches Us"
11:30 a.m.  Robert Higgs "Ethanol Subsidies Have Many Bad Consequences"
         noon   Luncheon
1:00 p.m.    Robert Murphy "Government Ag Policies: Harvesting Absurdities"
1:30 p.m.    All-speaker panel, Q&A
2:00 p.m.    Adjourn

James W. Fogal CFP®, Director of Development for the Institute, is available during breaks and after adjournment to discuss charitable/tax saving strategies. Email him if you'd like to reserve a time.

The Mises Bookstore will be open 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and takes cash, credit cards, or checks.  Speakers are happy to autograph their books.

Accommodations:  Contact the JW Marriott at 317-860-5800 before April 29 and mention Mises Institute for a special rate of $129 per night plus tax and service fees. 

Parking:  Public parking lot across the street from JW Marriott for $10 per day, or valet or self-parking is available at the JW Marriott.  

Directions:  Driving directions are here.

Attire:  Business casual.

Student Scholarships:   Full-time students can apply to receive complimentary admission to sessions and lunch.  Complete this application and save it to your computer.  Email the saved pdf along with a copy of your student ID, or fax them to 734-448-8148.

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