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Austrian Scholars Conference 2007

March 15-18 2007

Mises Institute, Auburn Alabama

Named Lectures| Schedule| Submissions| Accommodations and Fees

The Austrian Scholars Conference is the international, interdisciplinary meeting of the Austrian School, and for scholars interested or working in this intellectual tradition, it is the event of the year. The director of the conference is Joseph Salerno of Pace University.

Over the course of three full days, the Austrian Scholars Conference offers eighty plus presentations on economics, history, philosophy, and the humanities, in addition to named lectures by the leaders in the field. It combines all the opportunities of a professional meeting, with the added attraction of hearing and presenting new and innovative research, engaging in vigorous debate, and interacting with like-minded scholars who share research interests.

Papers and panels cover a wide range of fields that impact on the Austrian paradigm, including: monetary theory; international trade; money and banking; methodology; history of thought; economic history; business cycles; geography; interventionism; literature; political philosophy; philosophy of science; society, culture, and religion; business regulation; environmental political economy; and history and theory of war.

The first session begins at 10:00 a.m. Central Time on Thursday, March 15 and the last session ends at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, followed by a reception. The entire event takes place at the Mises Institute campus in Auburn, Alabama. The campus features spacious seminar rooms, a vast library with the best collection of Austrian School books in North America, and gorgeous gardens. All sessions and breaks take place at the Institute, where socializing and exchanging ideas become part of the conference experience. For more about the Institute, Auburn, directions, hotels, and transportation, see Austrian Guide to Auburn.

"The Austrian Scholars Conference is a great opportunity for exchanging ideas and advancing the School." — Randall G. Holcombe, Florida State University

The Austrian Scholars Conference is an extraordinary event — in terms of the range and quality of the panels and papers, the diversity of scholarly interests and research programs among the participants, and the sheer intellectual excitement that is palpable throughout the three days. If any evidence is necessary that Austrian economics and its related disciplines constitute a vibrant, growing movement, it is here for all to see. — Joseph Salerno, Pace University

"A wonderful conference!" — Tibor R. Machan, Chapman University.

"No other conference in the economics profession discusses such a wide-ranging menu of interesting and important topics as the Austrian Scholars Conference." — Thomas DiLorenzo, Loyola College

"The most well organized and informative conference I've ever attended." — Colin Knapp, University of Florida

"I was truly impressed with what this conference achieved, and I was delighted to have the chance to meet up with so many friends." — Ronald Hamowy, University of Alberta

"It was an honor and special privilege to be part of such a high-level yet jovial gathering." — Mahan Akal, University of Tennessee

"I never come away from the ASC without at least a half dozen ideas for new writing projects." — Walter Block, Loyola University New Orleans

"Probably the best run conference I have ever attended. Also, the civility and open dialogue, together with strong commitments, were impressive. And the facility, the Ludwig von Mises Institute itself, is truly remarkable." — Joseph Pappin, University of South Carolina


http://images.mises.org/people/mueller.jpgMises Memorial Lecture
Antony Mueller
University of Caxias-do-Sul (UCS)
"Contemporary Applications of the Monetary Economics of the Misesian School"

Hayek Memorial Lecture
Gerald R. Steele
Lancaster University Management School
"Reflecting Upon Knowledge: Hayek's Psychology and Social Science"

Hazlitt Memorial Lecture
Declan McCullagh
CNET News.com, Chief Political Correspondent
"Feet to the Fire: The New Media and the Elites"

Rothbard Memorial Lecture
Edward Stringham
San Jose State University
"Extensions of Rothbardian Anarchist Analytics"

http://images.mises.org/people/luckey.jpg Lou Church Memorial Lecture
William Luckey
Christendom College
"The Crisis in Catholic Social Teaching on Economics"


Preliminary Schedule for Austrian Scholars Conference 2007

THURSDAY, March 15

9:30am Express-85 Shuttle from AU Hotel and Day's Inn to Mises Institute
9:30am Coffee and Juice, with registration throughout the morning
10:00 - noon Authors Forum

  • Randall Holcombe (Entrepreneurship and Economic Progress)
  • Thomas DiLorenzo (Lincoln Unmasked)
  • Thomas Woods (Rothbard's Betrayal of the American Right)
  • Edward Stringham (Anarchy and Law)
noon-2:00 Lunch on your own
Lou Church Memorial Lecture in Religion and Economics: William Luckey



"Why Do Religious People Tend to Resist the Logic of Market Economics?"

3:15-4:45: SESSIONS
A. Technical Analytics. Chair: Randall Holcombe

  • "Beyond Equilibrium Economics" Randall Holcombe (Florida State University)
  • "Austrian Capital Theory and Periods of Production" Alexander Villacampa (University of Florida)
  • "Exploring Austrian Economics to Conceptualize Entrepreneurship" Chris Brown (Cranfield University)
  • "Behavorial Economics, the Rationality Assumption and Public Policy"  Morris Altman, University of Saskatchewan

B. Booms and Busts. Chair: Jeffrey Herbener

5:00-6:00 p.m. Henry Hazlitt Memorial Lecture: Declan McCullagh

"Feet to the Fire: The New Media and the Elites"

6:00-7:00: Reception
7:00 p.m. Express-85 Shuttle from Mises to AU Hotel/Day's Inn
Dinner on your own.

FRIDAY, March 16
8:00am Shuttle from AU Hotel/Day's Inn
8:00am Coffee and Juice
8:30-10:00am SESSIONS

A. History of the Austrian School. Chair: Mark Thornton

  • "From Vienna to Salamanca: A Journey through the Prehistory of Austrian Economics" Gabriel Calzada Alvarez (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)
  • "The Scholastic Elements in John Locke's Economic Thought" Joseph Weglarz (Walsh College)
  • "Mises vs. Fisher on Money, Method, and Prediction: The Case of the Great Depression" Mark Thornton (Mises Institute)
  • "What the Nobels Have Said About the Austrians" Greg Kaza (Arkansas Policy Foundation)

B. Public Finance. Chair: Peter Klein

  • "Tax Exporting: Politics as Theft" Mark Brandly (Ferris State University)
  • "Why Does Government Produce National Defense?" Randall G. Holcombe (Florida State University)
  • "An Austrian Critique of the Niskanian Theory of Bureaucracy" Laurent Carnis (INRETS-GARIG, France)
  • "Praising the Rich: The Role of Personal Wealth in Economic and Social Development" Yuri N. Maltsev (Carthage College)

10:15-11:45am SESSIONS

A. Ideology and Political Economy in Cinema. Chair: Jeffrey Herbener

  • "The Conspiracy Films of the Seventies: The Individual and the Power Elite" Ryan McMaken (Arapahoe Community College)
  • "Italian Neorealism's Flight From Reality" Shawn Ritenour (Grove City College) 
  • "The Pensioner's Dilemma: Vittorio De Sica's Umberto D and Italian Postwar Economic Conditions" John R. Hamilton (Azusa Pacific University) 
  • "Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing': A Rothbardian Reconsideration" Myles Kantor (FrontPage Magazine)

B.  War and Peace. Chair: Thomas Woods

  • "Anscombe for Austrians: Praxeology, War, Democracy, and the State" Roderick Long (Auburn University)
  • "The Invisible Costs of Military Expenditure: An Austrian Appreciation of the Work of Seymour Melman" Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (Mises Institute)
  • "Funding Insurance-Based Private Defense: The Insignificance of the Free Rider" Vedran Vuk (Loyola University, New Orleans)

11:45am - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00-2:30pm SESSIONS

A. Economic History. Chair: Thomas DiLorenzo

  • "What Austrian Economics Can Teach Historians" Thomas Woods (Mises Institute)
  • "Hamiltonian Political Philosophy: Roadmap for the American Leviathan State" Thomas DiLorenzo (Loyola College, Maryland)
  • "1776: A Revolutionary Year in Books" Frank Williams (Augusta State University)
  • "Gerrit Smith: A 19th Century Radical Libertarian" Laurence Vance (Pensacola Junior College)

B. Topics in Modern Austrian Price Theory.  Chair: Mark Brandly

  • "The Mundane Economics of the Austrian School" Peter Klein (University of Missouri)
  • "Mises, Kirzner, and Knight on Uncertainty and Entrepreneurship: A Synthesis" Adam Martin (George Mason University)
  • "The Entrepreneur: Real and Imagined" Joseph Salerno (Pace University)
  • "An Austrian Foundation for Microeconomic Principles" John Egger (Towson University)

3:00-4:30pm SESSIONS

A. Law and Economics. Chair: William Anderson

  • Economic Calculation and the Courts: A Theory of Hoaxes" William Anderson (Frostburg State University)
  • "Legal Polycentricism: The New Research Strengthens the Case" Gerard Casey (University College Dublin)
  • "Public Choice as a Rejection of Omnipotent Government" D.W. MacKenzie (SUNY Plattsburgh)
  • "The Legal Landscape for Subscription Patrol and Restitution in Texas" (PowerPoint)  Gil Guillory and Carrie Ann Sitren (Wake Forest University School of Law)

B. Policy Issues. Chair: Paul Cwik

  • "Managing Nutrients with Property Rights" Maria Klimas (University of Guelph)
  • "Reckoning with Rothbard: Orthodox Reactions to 'Law, Property Rights and Air Pollution'" Glenn Fox (University of Guelph)
  • "Monarchy or Democracy in Defense of Liberty: The Case of Lichtenstein" Andrew Young (University of Louisville)
  • "Towards a Theory of Property and Property Rights" Geoffrey S. Lea (George Mason University)

5:00-6:00 p.m. Murray N. Rothbard Memorial Lecture: Edward Stringham

"Extensions of Rothbardian Anarchist Analytics"

6:00pm Reception

7:30pm Express-85 Shuttle from Mises to AU Hotel/Day's Inn

SATURDAY, March 17

9:00am Express-85 Shuttle from AU Hotel/Day's Inn
9:00am Coffee and Juice
9:30-11:00am SESSIONS

A. Psychology, Faith, and Literature. Chair: Shawn Ritenour

11:15-12:15 F.A. Hayek Memorial Lecture: Gerald R. Steele

"Reflecting Upon Knowledge: Hayek's Psychology and Social Science"

12:15-1:30: Lunch on your own

1:30-3:00pm SESSIONS

A. Robbins's Nature and Significance of Economic Science: A 75-Year Retrospective. Chair: Joseph Salerno (Pace University

3:15-4:45pm SESSIONS

A. Technology and Teaching.  Chair: William Anderson

B. Austrians in Graduate School. Chair: Walter Block

  • Daniel D'Amico
  • Vedrun Vuk
  • Nicholas Snow
  • Commentator: Peter Klein 

5:00 pm  Awarding of the Lawrence A. Fertig Prize

5:10-6:10 p.m. The Mises Memorial Lecture: Antony Mueller

"Contemporary Applications of Monetary Economics of the Misesian School"

6:10-7:30pm Reception 7:30pm Express-85 Shuttle to AU Hotel/Day's Inn


To suggest papers and sessions, write Joseph Salerno at jsale@earthlink.netor his assistant at tucker@mises.org. Submissions will be accepted until all the time slots are taken.


Hotel rooms at the Auburn University Hotel are $99 (before February 19, 2007) plus tax, single or double. Phone 1-800-228-2876 or 334-821-8200. Be sure to mention the Mises Institute for the special rate. If the hotel is fully booked, please connect to our Austrian Guide to Auburn for alternative hotels within walking distance.

For faculty and others, the registration fee is $200, which includes all sessions, hearty receptions, coffee breaks, and daily shuttles between AU Hotel and the Institute. For qualified full-time students, the registration fee to attend all sessions and receptions is waived (submit application form below, with copy of student ID). Contact pat@mises.orgwith questions.


Salerno.jpgThe Austrian Scholars Conference draws outstanding papers and participants from all parts of the world. It is the most important annual international meeting for everyone who works within the Austrian tradition.

The conference opens on Thursday with a forum on new books, with presentations by the authors of the main ideas in their books, how they came to be published, their experiences in marketing, and how they have been reviewed and received. The conference continues with panels. Friday and Saturday are devoted to paper presentations in concurrent sessions, as in the past.

In addition to nearly 100 presentations, the conference also includes receptions, all to be held on the beautiful campus of the Mises Institute, which features a library of 30,000 books along with Mises and Rothbard archives. You will find research materials available here that are otherwise inaccessible, so plan to use some of your time to advance your own research.

If you have never been to the ASC, I encourage you to attend this year. Papers and books that advance the Austrian School are presented here for the first time, which gives you the chance to discuss ideas with presenters and participants and make an important contribution to impacting the future of the School. If you are looking for comments on a paper, or just a chance to bounce some ideas off others who know something other than the latest mathematical wizardry of the profession, this is the place.

This is also the ideal setting for making professional contacts that will help you through the years. Your expertise and interests are highly valued by others. In addition, we always have a great time. There is no substitute for the intellectual stimulation and personal camaraderie that the Austrian Scholars Conference combines into one event. The price of the conference is $200, the same as last year. You can make reservations at the Auburn University Hotel by calling 800.228.2876. See the Austrian Guide to Auburn for more information on the town.

Write me with your submissions.

Joseph Salerno
Pace University

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