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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 will be posted here before the event.  

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 will be posted here before the event

Optional Reading

Penthouse Interviews Murray Rothbard

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

Students on scholarship: Scholarships include all sessions, refreshment breaks and social hours, and meals beginning with dinner on Sunday, July 14 and ending with dinner on Saturday, July 20, and a double-occupancy dormitory room with arrival Sunday July 14 and departure Sunday July 21.

Dorm Location on the Auburn University Campus:  Dormitory location will be posted here as soon as Auburn University assigns the dorm. A map of the Auburn U campus is here. Students on scholarship receive a complimentary double-occupancy dormitory room on the Auburn University campus for 7 nights. Each room contains two beds and shares a bath with an adjoining double room. 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 Each single occupancy room shares a bath with an adjoining single room. Paid Observers may reserve single-occupancy dormitory rooms at $63 per night, payable to the Mises Institute. You may check into your dormitory room beginning at 10:00 a.m. Central time on Sunday, July 14 and out on Sunday, July 21 by 2:00 p.m. Central time. If you need to arrive a day early to accommodate travel plans you will need to make your own accommodation reservations at your own expense, and Uber or taxi to the dormitory on Sunday. For a listing of hotels in the Auburn area, see or check VRBO or Airbnb or other rental sites, keeping in mind the walking distance from your accommodations to the Mises Institute.  Dorm check-in on July 14 closes at midnight Central time. All students must depart the dorm on Sunday, July 21 before 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.

Conference Registration is at the Mises Institute, 518 W. Magnolia Avenue in Auburn on Sunday, July 14 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 at the dorm 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 14. 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 20. Most people will depart the dorm Sunday, July 21. 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.)

A complete schedule will be sent to you early in 2019.

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. Be sure to bring an umbrella or rain jacket.

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 so that we can have a parking permit ready for you. The dorm closes to arrivals at midnight Central time.

The following map is from Mises U 2018, but it gives you an idea of distance. 

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. The shuttle schedule for Groome Transportation is here. Please make your own round-trip shuttle reservations between Atlanta airport and Auburn. Choose the drop-off and pick-up point of AU Hotel, 241 South College Street. From AU Hotel you will then walk (or Uber) 15 minutes to the dormitory on the AU campus. Walking directions will be sent before the conference. Be sure to bring an umbrella or rain jacket! The dormitory in Auburn opens Sunday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m. Central time and closes at midnight.  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 and take the Groome shuttle departing Atlanta airport 9:45 p.m. Eastern time, arriving at AU Hotel approximately 11:00 p.m. Central time, in time to walk to the dorm to arrive by midnight. This area of Auburn is very safe for walking at night. To arrive in Auburn on July 14 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 ( or Uber.

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 at the Institute to your attention, Mises Institute, 518 W. Magnolia Avenue, Auburn, Alabama 36832. The packages will be held for you at the Mises front desk. 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: Gym facilities are not available on the AU campus. The gym nearest Mises Institute is Max Fitness, 189 E. University Drive, Auburn. A short Uber ride from the dorm. 

Questions: Patricia Barnett or 334-321-2147

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