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Mises University Information & Required Reading

  • Mises University 2015

Tags EducationAustrian Economics Overview

01/01/2018Mises Institute

Listed and linked below are the readings that all students must complete before attending Mises University, as well as dormitory and Atlanta airport shuttle information and driving directions.

The Final Schedule (in PDF) is available here.

All materials are available on free of charge, and most readings are available in multiple formats (e.g., PDF, ePub, HTML, audio).

Required Reading

Anatomy of the State by Murray N. Rothbard

The Philosophical Origins of Austrian Economics by David Gordon

Praxeology and Understanding by George A. Selgin

Profit and Loss by Ludwig von Mises

I, Pencil by Leonard Read

What Has Government Done to Our Money? by Murray N. Rothbard, pp. 1-87

From The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle and Other Essays, edited by Richard M. Ebeling:

From Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt:

  • "The Lesson," pp. 3-7
  • "The Broken Window," pp. 11-16

From Economic Freedom and Interventionism by Ludwig von Mises

From An Introduction to Austrian Economics by Thomas C. Taylor:

From Planning for Freedom by Ludwig von Mises:

"Fundamentals of Value and Price" by Murray N. Rothbard (in The Rothbard Reader, pp. 89-126)

"Economic Calculation" by Ludwig von Mises (in Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis, pp. 113-122)

"The Meaning of Competition" by F. A. Hayek

Suggested Readings for Graduate Classes

"Government and Science: A Dangerous Liaison?" By William N. Butos and Thomas J. McQuade

​"Nonneutralities in Science Funding: Direction, Destabilization, and Distortion" by Butos and McQuade

​"Migration and Its Consequences for a Free Society" by Benjamin Powell

"Frank Albert Fetter" for Matthew McCaffrey's Graduate Class

Bastiat, Economic Harmonies, chap. 3 (“Man’s Wants”) for Guido Hülsmann's Graduate Class

John Mueller (2015) “The ‘Missing Element’ in Modern Economics” Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 140-172, for Guido Hülsmann's Graduate Class

Szpindor Watson MV (2015) “Mueller and Mises: Integrating the Gift and ‘Final Distribution’ within Praxeology” Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 173-202, for Guido Hülsmann's Graduate Class

Marcel Mauss, The Gift for Guido Hülsmann's Graduate Class

Frank Fetter, "Interest Theories, Old and New" reprinted in Capital, Interest, and Rent, ed. Murray Rothbard (Kansas City: Sheed Andrews and McMeel, 1977) for Jeffrey Herbener's Graduate Class.

"Anarchy and the Law" for Edward Stringham's Graduate Class.

"The Emergence of the London Stock Exchange as a Self-Policing Club" for Edward Stringham's Graduate Class.

Hutt, W.H. A Rehabilitation of Say's Law, Chs. 1-5, 7, 10-13, for G.P. Manish's Graduate Class.

The Theory of Idle Resources, for G.P. Manish's Graduate Class.

Hutt, W.H. Keynsianism: Retrospect and Prospect, Chs. 2-5, 8-13, 17, for G.P. Manish's Graduate Class. Or, instead of Keynesianism, one may read the second edition of the book, titled The Keynesian Episode, Chs. 3, 5-8, 11-16.

Optional Reading

Penthouse Interviews Murray Rothbard

Dorm, Airport Shuttle, Meals, Attire, Directions, and More!

Students on scholarship and paying Observers: Registration includes all sessions, refreshment breaks and social hours, and meals beginning with dinner on Sunday, July 15 and ending with dinner on Saturday, July 21. Details on locations of meals forthcoming.

Dorm Location on the Auburn University Campus:  Check-in for dorm is at Duncan Hall, 285 West Samford Avenue, Auburn University, AL. A map is here. Students on scholarship receive a complimentary double-occupancy dormitory room on the Auburn University campus for 7 nights. A limited number of single-occupancy dorm rooms are available to students for $100 for the week payable to Mises Institute, advance reservations required (inquire with Paid Observers may reserve single-occupancy dormitory rooms at $63 per night, payable to the Mises Institute. You may check into your dormitory room before midnight on Sunday, July 15 and out on Sunday, July 22 by 2:00 p.m. Central time. If you need to arrive a day early to accommodate travel plans please email before July 2 with your arrival date and time. Dorm check-in on July 15 closes at midnight Central time. All students must depart the dorm on or before Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 p.m. Central time. Each dorm room is furnished with bed linens, blanket, pillow, one towel and face cloth per person, and soap. There are coin operated washers and dryers at the dorm and you can exchange dollars for quarters at the Mises Institute front desk. Laundry detergent is provided.

For alternative accommodations at your own expense, please see If you prefer to stay at Auburn University Hotel at your own expense, please contact them before June 15, 2018 at 800-228-2876 or 334-821-8200 or and mention Mises University of Mises Institute for a special rate of $142 per night plus tax.

Schedule will be sent to you early in 2018. The conference begins Sunday, July 15 with dinner at 6:00 p.m. Central time and ends with dinner late Saturday afternoon, July 21.

Conference Registration is at the Mises Institute, 518 W. Magnolia Avenue in Auburn on Sunday, July 15 anytime between 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Central Time, with dinner at 6:00 and the opening lecture at 7:00. Registration is a very quick process of picking up your name tag. Students staying at the dorm should check in there before coming to the Mises Institute. The Massey and Ward Libraries of the Mises Institute will be open for research and browsing at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 15. The Institute is within walking distance of the dorm, less than a mile. The conference closes with dinner and an awards ceremony Saturday evening, July 21. Most people will depart Sunday, July 22. If you are a finalist in the optional Mises U exam, you must be present at the closing dinner to accept your award. (See Awards section.)

Attire: Casual, but appropriate for an office environment (no tank tops, short-shorts, etc., but jeans, walking shorts, nice t-shirts are fine). The weather will be very hot and humid, but we highly recommend you bring a light jacket as the air conditioning in the classrooms can be very cool. For the group photo on Tuesday, please wear a collared shirt if possible -- like a golf shirt or similar, with no large logos on it.

Parking and Directions: Driving directions to the Mises Institute are here. Restaurants and general Auburn area info here. The Tiger Transit bus line that may be useful is here. Dorm directions are forthcoming. Parking is free at the dorm and at the Mises Institute. If you are driving, please let know your approximate time of arrival so that we can have a parking permit ready for you. The dorm closes to arrivals at midnight Central time.

Walking directions between Dorms, AU Dining Hall, and Mises Institute

Walking directions between Dorms, AU Dining Hall, and Mises Institute Walking directions between Dorms, AU Dining Hall, and Mises Institute.

Airport and Shuttles: Most people coming to Auburn fly into the airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta is the only airport with shuttle service to Auburn. Students are responsible for the cost of the shuttle between Atlanta airport and Auburn (that cost is $97 round trip). The shuttle schedule for Groome Transportation is here. This schedule is for your planning purposes only. Since the dormitory is not on the regular shuttle drop off and pick up schedule, please email with your flight informationa and she will reserve a special shuttle. The dormitory in Auburn closes at midnight Central time on Saturday July 14 and Sunday July 15. Atlanta airport is on Eastern time, one hour ahead of Auburn. The trip from Atlanta to Auburn takes about an hour and 45 minutes. So the latest an international flight could arrive in Atlanta would be 7:30 p.m. Eastern time in order to allow 2 hours for U.S. customs in order to take the Groome shuttle departing Atlanta airport 9:45 p.m. Eastern time, arriving at the Auburn University dormitory approximately 11:00 p.m. Central time. To arrive in Auburn on July 15 in time for the 6:00 p.m. dinner and 7:00 p.m. opening lecture, an international flight would need to arrive Atlanta airport by 2:30 p.m. to clear customs and take the shuttle departing 4:45 p.m. Eastern time .If your shuttle arrives in Auburn after midnight, you are responsible for reserving a hotel room at a location in Auburn on the shuttle route, then taking a taxi or Uber to the dormitory the next day. 
For alternative transportation between Atlanta airport and Auburn see Tiger Taxi ( or Touch of Class (

Mises Bookstore: Titles for sale at will be available for purchase during the conference. Faculty will be happy to autograph their books. Please ask the cashier about student discounts on certain titles.

Visiting Scholars Manual: Attendance at Mises University indicates your acceptance of the terms outlined in the Mises Institute Visiting Scholars Manual.

Dietary Restrictions: Please email before July 2 to reserve vegetarian meals (the only alternative dietary option).

Guests: Only scholarship students and paid Observers may attend MU sessions, meals, and social hours with the exception of pre-approved guests of Faculty. All scholarship students and Observers who do not stay at the dorm are on their own for housing reservations and payment. Guests of scholarship students and Observers are welcome to attend the closing cookout and graduation on Saturday July 21. Reservations must be made at least two weeks prior to the beginning of Mises University, with a maximum of two complimentary guests per student or Observer. Cost for each additional guest after two is $25.

Other Info: You are welcome to receive mail, telephone calls or faxes at the Institute to your attention, Mises Institute, 518 W. Magnolia Avenue, Auburn, Alabama 36832, telephone 334-321-2100, fax 734-448-8148. Messages will be posted on the bulletin board in the outdoor dining area of the Institute. International calling cards can be purchased at the front desk of the Institute for long-distance calls on telephones at the Institute. There are a number of computers and printers at the Institute for your use in research and to check email. Or you are welcome to bring your laptop as there is complimentary wireless access throughout the building. International students should bring a converter for 110 V.

Gym on AU Campus: forthcoming

Questions: Patricia Barnett or 334-321-2147

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