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Austrian Economics Research Conference 2020

Austrian Economics Research Conference 2020

March 20, 2020March 21, 2020
Auburn, Alabama

The Austrian Economics Research Conference is the international, interdisciplinary meeting of the Austrian School, bringing together leading scholars doing research in this vibrant and influential intellectual tradition. The conference is hosted by the Mises Institute at its campus in Auburn, Alabama, and is directed by Joseph Salerno, professor of economics at Pace University and academic vice president of the Mises Institute.

Students: see scholarship application process at bottom of page.

The conference begins with an informal welcoming reception Thursday, March 19 at Auburn University Hotel, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Central time. Conference registration takes place throughout the day on Friday, March 20 at the Mises Institute, 518 West Magnolia Avenue. Sessions begin Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Mises Institute and continue throughout the day Friday and Saturday.

Also, the awarding of three cash prizes: Lawrence W. Fertig Prize of $1,500 to the author of a paper that best advances economic science in the Austrian tradition; the O.P. Alford III Prize of $1,500 to the author of the paper that best advances scholarship in the application of Austrian economic theory or libertarian theory to political, economic, or social issues; and the Grant Aldrich Graduate Student Essay Prize of $1,000 plus conference admission and accommodations to a graduate student who presents the best paper in Austrian economics or libertarian political economy.

Named Lectures

Ludwig von Mises Memorial Lecture
Murray N. Rothbard Memorial Lecture
Henry Hazlitt Memorial Lecture
F.A. Hayek Memorial Lecture
Lou Church Memorial Lecture (Sponsored by The Lou Church Foundation)

Notable past lecturers include, among others, Murray Rothbard, Dominick Armentano, Caroline Baum, Brendan Brown, William Butos, Patrick Byrne, Gene Epstein, Nicolai Foss, Jim Grant, Ronald Hamowy, Robert Higgs, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Hunter Lewis, George Reisman, Paul Ruben, Peter Schiff, Jeremy Shearmur, Sudha Shenoy, Gerald Steele, David Stockman, John Tamny, Tom Woods, Bruce Yandle, and Leland Yeager.

Proposals for individual papers, complete paper sessions or symposia, and interactive workshops are encouraged. Papers should be well developed, but at a stage where they can still benefit from the group's discussion. Preference will be given to recent papers that have not been presented at major conferences. All topics related to Austrian economics, broadly conceived, and related social-science disciplines and business disciplines such as management, strategy, and entrepreneurship are appropriate for the conference. Proposals from junior faculty and PhD students are especially encouraged. Abstracts should be limited to 750 words. All proposals are peer reviewed by the AERC Program Committee.

Submit your proposal to papers@mises.org by January 24. Proposals after the deadline will be considered as space permits. Decisions will be communicated by January 31.

Submissions for the Grant Aldrich Graduate Student Essay should be sent to aldrich@mises.org by January 24.  Decisions will be communicated by January 31. The paper may be on any topic related to Austrian economics or libertarian political economy. Applicants should submit a CV and a robust abstract of approximately 500 words, and a completed academic research paper of 8000 words or less (not a dissertation chapter). Submissions should be from current graduate students, not former or current professors. Finalists receive complimentary conference admission and accommodations, as well as presenting their papers in a special session at the conference. The winner must be present to accept the award. If you wish for your Aldrich submission to also be considered for presentation in a regular session please submit a separate abstract-only to papers@mises.org 

Nominations for Fertig and Alford Prizes should be submitted to Dr. Mark Thornton by January 31. Winners will be announced at the conference during the live broadcast.


For a hotel room at Auburn University Hotel phone 334–821–8200 before February 18. Be sure to mention Austrian Economics Research Conference of the Mises Institute for the special rate of $145 plus tax (for single or double room). Or make your reservation online here. If Auburn University Hotel is full, we recommend Auburn GameDay Center (334-826-8870) around the corner from the Mises Institute, and be sure to mention you are with the Institute. If you are driving there are other hotels in the Auburn area that are not within walking distance of the Mises Institute.

For Faculty and Presenters, the early discounted registration fee is $228. (After February 25 the registration fee is $285.) The early discounted registration fee for Member Observers not presenting a paper is $316 per person ($395 after February 25). Become a Member for $60 and register today at the Member price. (Call 800-636-4737 to check if your Membership is current.) Registration covers all sessions, reception, two lunches, coffee breaks, and daily shuttles between AU Hotel and the Institute. Member Observers are requested to refrain from questions or comments during sessions, but discussion is welcome during meals and breaks. Registration fees cannot be disaggregated.

There is a $25 processing fee for refunds of paid registrations. Contact Patricia Barnett with questions.

Atlanta, Georgia airport is the only airport offering shuttle service to Auburn, Alabama, which is an hour and 45 minutes south of Atlanta airport. Atlanta is in eastern time zone and Auburn is an hour behind in central time zone.

Shuttle between Atlanta airport and Auburn
Driving directions to Auburn

Visiting Scholars Manual: Attendance at the Austrian Economics Research Conference indicates your acceptance of the terms outlined in the Mises Institute Visiting Scholars Manual.

Student Scholarship Applications

A limited number of scholarships are available for qualified full-time students, including complimentary sessions and lunches. Travel grants are not available. Undergraduate students are requested to refrain from questions or comments during sessions. Students wishing to apply for a scholarship can do so here.


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