Austrian Economics Research Conference 2017

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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 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.

Final Schedule

Besides paper sessions and symposia, the conference includes five named keynote lecturers and two lunches. 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; 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, Sponsored by John Brätland: Glenn Fox
Murray N. Rothbard Memorial Lecture, Sponsored by Helio Beltrao: Per Bylund
Henry Hazlitt Memorial Lecture, Sponsored by Sally von Behren: David M. Hart
F.A. Hayek Memorial Lecture, Sponsored by the Stephen Haag Estate: Paul Rubin
Lou Church Memorial Lecture sponsored by the Lou Church Foundation: Yousif Almoayyed

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 250 words. All proposals are peer reviewed by the AERC Program Committee.

Submit your proposal to by January 30. Proposals after the deadline will be considered as space permits. Decisions will be communicated by February 3.

Submissions for the Grant Aldrich Graduate Student Essay should be sent to by January 18 using the subject line Aldrich Prize. The paper may be on any topic related to Austrian economics or libertarian political economy. Applicants should submit a completed academic paper (which could be a thesis or dissertation chapter) and a CV. Decisions will be communicated by February 3.

Nominations for Fertig and Alford Prizes should be submitted to Dr. Mark Thornton by January 30. Winners will be announced at the conference during a live broadcast.


For a hotel room at Auburn University Hotel phone 334-821-8200 before February 17. Be sure to mention Austrian Economics Research Conference of the Mises Institute for the special rate of $129 plus tax (for single or double room). If Auburn University Hotel is full, we recommend Auburn GameDay Center 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 17 the registration fee is $285.) The early discounted registration fee for Member Observers not presenting a paper is $316 per person ($395 after February 17). 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, 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.

Shuttle between Atlanta airport and Auburn
Private Transportation
Driving directions to Auburn

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.

Publicity Waiver: Registering for this event gives the Mises Institute permission to take photos, record videos, and receive statements of and from attendees for promotional purposes. By this authorization, attendees understand and agree that no participant shall receive remuneration and that all rights, title and interest to the photos, videos, and statements and use thereof belong to the Mises Institute.

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