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Mises University Information & Required Reading

  • Mises University 2015

Tags EducationAustrian Economics Overview

01/01/2017Mises Institute

Listed and linked below are the readings that all students must complete before attending Mises University.

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

Required Reading

Mises Bootcamp

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

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 24 and ending with dinner on Saturday, July 30. Details on locations of meals forthcoming.

Dorm Location, Arrival and Departure Details forthcoming

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 on Sunday, July 24 and out on Sunday, July 31. If you need to arrive a day early to accommodate travel plans please email before July 11 with your arrival date and 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 (25 cents per machine, Mises Institute front desk has change if needed).
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 Jul;y 6, 2016 at 800-228-2876 or 334-821-8200 or and mention Mises University of Mises Institute for a special rate of $134 per night plus tax ($175 for Friday and Saturday nights).
Conference Registration is at the Mises Institute, 518 W. Magnolia Avenue in Auburn on Sunday, July 24, 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 nametag. 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 at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. 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 30. Most people will depart Sunday, July 31. 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.
Airport and Shuttles : Most people coming to Auburn fly into the airport in Atlanta, Georgia. To make your reservations and payment arrangements for a shuttle between Atlanta and Auburn, call Groome Transportation at 334-887-8595 and tell them you are a Mises U student going to the Mises dorm on Auburn University campus. (The name of the dorm will be avaiable by the end of 2015.) Make sure you clarify that they will take you directly to the dormitory. Students are responsible for the cost of the shuttle between Atlanta airport and Auburn. You can pay Groome in advance or you can pay the Groome shuttle driver at Atlanta airport by credit card or U.S. cash. The Groome schedule is here. International students can email with flight details.  You should plan to arrive into Atlanta airport at least half an hour before your shuttle time (or an hour or more if international arrival). For your departure after the conference you should tell Groome shuttle to pick you up at the Mises dorm on Auburn University campus. Plan to fly out of Atlanta airport at least an hour after your shuttle arrives in Atlanta (at least two hours for international). Atlanta is on Eastern Time and Auburn is one hour behind on Central Time. Auburn is 100 miles south of Atlanta and the trip takes about an hour and 45 minutes. 
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: Each attendee must agree to the terms outlined in the Visiting Scholars Manual of MU Applications. Or you can download the manual here and sign and return the last page to before the conference or fax to 734-448-8148 or mail to Pat Barnett, Mises University, 518 W. Magnolia Avenue, Auburn AL 36832. If you have submitted this form in the past or have completed it at the MU page of Mises Academy, there is no need to send it again. 

Dietary Restrictions: Please email before July 11 to reserve gluten-free 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 30. 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 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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