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Austrian Scholars Conference 9

March 13

Auburn, Alabama

Named Lectures * Schedule * Submissions * Accommodations and Fees * Register Now

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.  Here is the final schedule for the ASC9, March 13-15, 2003.  Here is the shuttle schedule.

Over the course of three days, expanded from previous years, 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. See online proceedings volumes from the Austrian Scholars Conference 8 and Austrian Scholars Conference 7

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 meals and receptions are catered at the Institute, where socializing and exchanging ideas becomes part of the conference experience. For more about the Institute, Auburn, directions, hotels, and transportation, see Austrian Guide to Auburn.  

  • "I've never missed an Austrian Scholars Conference. It's a great opportunity for exchanging ideas and advancing the School."--Randall G. Holcombe, Florida State 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                                                  
  • "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 


Mises Memorial Lecture


Professor of Economics, Metropolitan State College of Denver

"Capital Monetary Calculation, and the Trade Cycle: The Importance of Sound Money"

Professor Cochran's main professional focus is business cycle, a subject on which he has published many scholarly articles, as well as a book on the Keynes-Hayek debate. He also writes in the popular press on current controversies. Topic: "Capital, Monetary Calculation, and the Trade Cycle: The Importance of Sound Money"

Rothbard Memorial Lecture


Professor of Law, Southwestern University School of Law

"A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Human Spirit: The Luddites Revisited"

Professor Shaffer is an outstanding and consistent voice for liberty in our time. Author of a book on the historical role of business in erecting the regulatory state, he has been a relentless critic of welfarism and warfarism, and an insightful observer of public psychology.

Hazlitt Memorial Lecture


Author, Economics for Real People: An Introduction to the Austrian School

"The Road to Liberty"

Gene Callahan has written the most widely praised introduction to Austrian economics in the post-Hazlitt period, a book praised by Barron's as "a terrific new book...a good read on the joys of economic thoughts."

Hayek Memorial Lecture


Lecturer, School of Policy, The University of Newcastle

"An Auxiliary for Historians: The Contribution of the Older Austrians"

An expert on the work of  Hayek, Professor Shenoy has written widely on fiscal policy and the failure of countercyclical Keynesian policies, among many other topics including development economics and the role of interventionism in inhibiting economic growth.


Austrian Scholars Conference 9

THURSDAY March 13 

40th Anniversary Symposium in Honor of  Murray N. Rothbard's Man, Economy, and State. Meeting Room A.
  • 9:00am Peter Boettke: Rothbard on Socialism in the US and in the Soviet Union                           
  • 9:30am Laurent Carnis: Rothbard on the Economics of Crime                           
  • 10:00am David Gordon: Mises's Criticisms of Rothbard on Natural Law                                                
  • 10:30am Break                            
  • 11:00am Alexandre Padilla: Rothbard on Agency Problems                          
  • 11:30am Joseph Salerno: Rothbard on Money

12:00pm Reception

1:00-2:45pm FORUM  New books. Meeting Room A

  • Man, Economy, and State/Power and Market: The Scholars Edition (Auburn: Mises Institute, 2003) by Murray N. Rothbard, with introduction by Joseph Stromberg                                     
  • Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles (Auburn: Mises Institute, 2003) by Jesus Huerta de Soto. Presentation by Nikolay Gertchev                                 
  • Epistemological Problems of Economics (Auburn: Mises Institute, 2003) by Ludwig von Mises, with an introduction by Jorg Guido Hulsmann                                    
  • In Defense of Logic by Steven Yates (currently under consideration)                                   
  • The Western Front: Battleground and Home Front in the First World War (Palgrave/Macmillan. 2002) by Hunt Tooley

3:00-4:30: SESSIONS 

  • Optimal Monetary Policy. Chairman: Guido Hülsmann. Meeting Room C 

    • "The Optimal Quantity of Money" Guido Hülsmann (Mises Institute)    
    • "Optimal Monetary Policy: A New Keynesian Perspective" Guido Zimmermann (DekaBank, Frankfurt)  
    • "Let's Replace the Fed with Competitive Money" George Trivoli (Jacksonville State University)      
    • "Comment" Jeffrey Herbener (Grove City College) 
    •  "Comment" Joseph Salerno (Pace University)
  • Sociology and History: Chairman: William P. Anderson. Meeting Room B
    •  "Mary Wollstonecraft's Late Critique of the French Revolution: Against Fatal Presumption" Roberta Modugno (University of Roma 3)                                  
    • "Property Rights and Time Preference" by Robert Mulligan (Western Carolina University College of Business)                                   
    • "The Theory of Adolescence and the Rise of State Interventionism in Late Nineteenth Century America" David Alan Black (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary)                                  
    •  "The Human Causes of the Black Death" Frank Williams (Reinhardt College) 

5:00-6:00 The Henry Hazlitt Memorial Lecture: Gene Callahan (Economics for Real People): "The Road to Liberty" Meeting Room A (overflow in B) [See also the video]

6:00 Reception 

FRIDAY March 14 

8:30-10:00m SESSIONS

  • The Structure of Government. Chairman:  Natalie Janson. Meeting Room A 
    • "Federalism and Economic Freedom" Thomas DiLorenzo (Loyola College)    
    • "Financial Privacy and Individual Liberty" David R. Burton (Argus Group)  
    • "Democratization or Liberty" Adam Lowther (University of Alabama)   
    • "Property and Liberty: the Foundation of Edmund Burke's Political Economy. Joseph Pappin III (University of South Carolina) 
  • Austrian Economics, Marketing, and Resource-Advantage Theory. Chairman: Walter Block. Meeting Room B 
    • "Competition as a Process and Antitrust Policy" Dennis Arnett (Texas Tech University )    
    • Jerry Goolsby (Loyola University)     
    • Stuart Wood  (Loyola University)   
    • Walter Block (Loyola University) 
  • Cycles, Panics, and Crashes.   Chairman: Jeff Scott. Meetin Room A   
    • Tony Deden  (Sage Capital)                
    • Sean Corrigan  (Capital Insight)                
    • Jeff Scott    (Wells Fargo)                
    • Antony Mueller (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany) 

10:15-11:45am SESSIONS 

  • The Austrian Tradition. Chairman: Joseph Salerno. Meeting Room A   
  • Praxeology, Ethics, and Social Theory. Chairman: Jeffrey Herbener.    Meeting Room B
    • "On Christianity and the Ethical Critique of Austrian Economics"Shawn R. Ritenour (Grove City College)                                  
    • "Acquiescence is not Inevitable: Mises Versus Weber on Bureaucracy" William P. Anderson (Grove City College)                                  
    • "A Praxeological Defense of the Market: Welfare Theory or the Common Good" Jeffrey M. Herbener (Grove City College)                                  
    • "Binary Economics: Paradigm Shift or Cluster of Errors?"Timothy Terrell (Wofford College)

12:00 Luncheon

1:00-2:30pm SESSIONS    

  • The War Economy. Chairman: Peter Klein. Meeting Room A 
    • "William Tecumseh Sherman's War and the Brutality of the Twentieth Century" Hunt Tooley (Austin College)                             
    • "Military Spending and Corporate Structure: Lessons from the Vietnam War" Peter G. Klein (University of Missouri)                                  
    • "Wartime Socialization of Investment: A Reassesment of U.S. Capital Formation in the 1940s" Robert Higgs (Independent Institute) 
  • Austrians in Academia. Chairman: Mark Thornton. Meeting Room B
    • "The Market for Academic Research" Mark Thornton (Mises Institute)                            
    • "An Austrian View of the Circular Flow Model Incorporating the Entrepreneur" Barry Simpson (Auburn University) and Scott Kjar (Central Georgia College)                          
    • "Richard T. Ely and the Historical School: The Takeover of a Profession" Gary M. Pecquet (Loyola University, New Orleans) 

3:00-4:30pm SESSIONS 


6:00pm Reception 

7:45pm Piano Concert (Barbara Acker-Mills: Bach's Prelude and fugue in Bb major; Bach's Prelude and fugue in F major; Haydn's Sonata in C major; Chopin's Ballade in G minor; Chopin's Scherzo in B flat minor; Prokoviev's Sonata in A minor) followed by Mises-Kreis Lieder

SATURDAY March 15 

8:30-9:15am: Lou Church Memorial Lecture in Religion and Economics: Timothy Terrell (Wofford College) : "What the Evangelical Environmentalists Don't Consider about Economics"

9:30-11:00am SESSIONS 

  • Transition Economics. Chairman:  Paul Cwik. Meeting Room C   
    • "The Importance of Self-Governance for Transition Economies." Peter J. Boettke (George Mason University) and Edward Stringham (San Jose State University)   
    • "An Austrian Economics Perspective of the Privatization of the Steel Industry in Post-Communist Romania" Peter Calcagno (Wingate University) and Marius Dan (Wingate University)  
    • "Trading Off State Patronage for Free Markets: African Perspectives on Economic Transition" Kalonga Stambuli (Surrey Institute, UK)   
    • "An Austrian Theory of Economic Transitions" Yuri N. Maltsev (Carthage College)
  • Austrian Economics at Loyola Part 2. Chairman: Walter Block. Meeting Room B 
    • "Heterogeneous Expectations and Security Price Distributions." Stuart Wood (Loyola University, New Orleans) Commentator: William Barnett                      
    • "Role for Government?" by Nick Capaldi (Loyola University, New Orleans). Commentator: Mike Saliba     
    • "The Fall and Rise of the Iron Law of Wages" Walter Block and Jerry Dauterive (Loyola University, New Orleans). Commentator: Nick Capaldi      
  • The Ideology of War. Chairman: Hunt Tooley. Meeting Room A
    • "Murray Rothbard, the Cold War, and the 'Paleo' Antiwar Movement: A Brief Intellectual History" Ryan McMaken ( University of Colorado, Denver)                               
    • "The Use and Abuse of the Just War Tradition: American Conservative Thought: 1950-2002" Joseph Stromberg (Mises Institute)                               
    • Commentator: Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. (Mises Institute)

11:15-12:15am F.A. Hayek Memorial Lecture: Sudha Shenoy (The University of Newcastle) : "An Auxiliary for Historians: The Contribution of the Older Austrians"

12:15pm: Luncheon 

1:00-2:30pm SESSIONS 

  • Recent Financial History. Chairman: Sean Corrigan. Meeting Room A   
  • Austrian Business Economics. Chairman: Alexander Padilla. Meeting Room B   
    • "Profit Maximizing Versus Revenue Maximizing Firms? Only Time Will Tell" William Anderson (Frostburg State University)                  
    • "The Praxeological Foundations of the Employment Compact" Patrick Gunning (Feng Chia University)                   
    • "The Development of Electronic Money: Toward the Emergence of Free Banking?" Nathalie Janson, (ESC Rouen, France)                
    • "State Economic Development Planning: An Austrian Critique and Case Study" Benjamin Powell (George Mason University)                  
    • "On the Practice of International Trade," John Robert Subrick (George Mason University) 

3:00-4:30pm SESSIONS  


Reception and Dinner: Barbecue, with music provided by Fred Lord (violin and fiddle), Cathy Love (piano concertina), and Scott Hanson (Double Bass).



To suggest papers and sessions, write Jeffrey Herbener at  jmherbener@gcc.edu or his assistant at tucker@mises.org. Conference will close when all the time slots are taken. 


Hotel rooms at the Auburn University Hotel are just $76, single or double. Phone 1-800-228-2876 or 334-821-8200 before February 13. 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, lunch on Friday and Saturday, dinner on Saturday, and receptions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.   The conference begins with a reception on Thursday, March 13, 2003, at 11:30am Central Time, and ends with a barbecue dinner on Saturday evening, March 15. For qualified full-time students, the registration fee to attend all sessions and meals is waived.

  • Travel and Shuttle information                                                                         
  • Register Online                                                                             
  • Student Scholarship Application                                                                           
  • Austrian Guide to Auburn


The conference is nearly full, so facutly, students, and others who want to present papers and organize sessions need to act on this soon. We have expanded the conference by additional day. This will allow us to accommodate 24 additional papers, bringing the total number of presentations near the 100 mark.

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 published, their experiences in marketing, and how they have been reviewed and received.  This forum will also feature books with secured publishers that are still in process. 

A second forum will cover published articles. Because the remainder of the conference covers articles in process, this session fills a gap present in previous ASCs. The conference continues on Thursday with panels on finance and the police state.  Friday and Saturday are devoted to paper presentations in concurrent sessions, as in the past.

The F.A. Hayek Memorial Lecture is to be delivered by Sudha Shenoy, the Henry Hazlitt Memorial Lecture by Gene Callahan, the Murray N. Rothbard Memorial Lecture by Butler Shaffer, and the speaker for the Mises Memorial Lecture is to be announced.

In addition to the 100 presentations, the conference also includes two luncheons, two dinners and three receptions, all to be held on the beautiful campus of the Mises Institute, which features a library of 24,000 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.
Jeffrey Herbener
Grove City College


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