Friday, October 30, 2009
5:00-5:30 Registration. HAL Atrium.
5:30-6:30 Dinner. STU Great Room.
Hans Sennholz Lecture. HAL Sticht Lecture Hall.
“Somalia after State Collapse: Chaos or Improvement” Dr. Benjamin Powell
Assistant Professor of Economics – Suffolk University
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Coffee and Pastries. HAL Atrium.
▪ The Theory and Practice of the Firm. Chairman: Jeff Herbener. HAL 114.
• “The Theory of the Firm: Coasean Misconceptions and Austrian Solutions,”
Per Bylund (University of Missouri)
• “Uncertainty and the Role of Bureaucratic Management within the Firm,”
David Gernhard (Grove City College)
• “Toward an Austrian Economics of Discrimination,” Josh McCabe (State
University of New York, Albany)
▪ Revisiting the Great Depression. Chairman: Shawn Ritenour. HAL 116.
• “Revisiting the Monetary Theory of the Trade Cycle and the Great Depression,”
Will Luther (George Mason University)
• “Competing Theories of the Great Depression,” Aaron Talbott (Grove City
• “Gold and the Great Depression,” Walter Melnik (Grove City College)
▪ Christianity and Political Economy. Chairman: Jeff Herbener. HAL 114.
• “What Does the Bible Have to Say about the Key Tenets of Austrian
Economics,” Scott Dennis (Grove City College)
• “Can He Who Hates Justice Govern?,” Adam Gernhard (Grove City College)
• “The Just Price: Historical Summary and Use,” Anthony Oriti (Grove City
▪ For and Against Private Law. Chairman: Shawn Ritenour. HAL 116.
• “A Critique and Adaptation of Hoppe’s Theory of Private Defense,” Mark
Warner (Grove City College)
• “Stateless Law in the Highlands of Guatemala,” Michelle Carrera (Universidad
• “Democratic Radical—William Leggett and Jacksonian Political Economy,”
Anthony Comegna (Shippensburg State University)
Lunch. STU Great Room.
▪ Law, Economy, and State. Chairman: Jeff Herbener. HAL 114.
• “The Dynamic Intervention of Vested Interests: The National Civic Federation
and the Founding of the FTC,” Nick Snow (George Mason University)
• “A Misesian Reading of the Coase Theorem: A Calculation and Equilibrium
Problem,” Nicolas Cachanosky (Suffolk University)
• “Pennsylvania State Monopoly on Wine and Liquor: Public Resources for
Private Gain,” Joe Norton (Temple University)
• “The Real Shadow Economy: How Government Action Proliferates the
Knowledge Problem in a Capitalist Society,” Kristopher Musselman (Saint
▪ Austrian Views of Cycles and Investing. Chairman: Shawn Ritenour. HAL 116.
• “An Austrian View of the Panic of 1797,” Nick Curott (George Mason
• “An Austrian Approach to Investing,” David Hannibal (Grove City College)
• “On the Inter-temporal Misallocation of Capital Caused by Deviations from the
Natural Rate of Interest: A Retrospective Study of Argentina 1990-2002 with
Notes on Chile 1972-2000,” Alex Weller (Penn State University)
• “Critiques of the Rational Expectations Criticisms of the Austrian Business
Cycle Theory,” Liya Palagashvilli (George Mason University)
▪ Money. Chairman: Jeff Herbener. HAL 114.
• “When Money is Meaningless,” Anna Hewitt (Shippensburg State University)
• “An Analysis of the Euro as a Common Currency,” Alyssa Yagoda (Grove City
• “Fiat Money Systems and the International Structure of Production,” Simon
Bilo (George Mason University)
▪ Unresolved Problems in Theory and Policy. Chairman: Shawn Ritenour. HAL 116.
• “In Search of a Proper Apriori Basis for Economics,” Jacob Roundtree (Colby
• “Why the Worst Get on Top: A Psychological Approach,” Phillip Gibson
(Grove City College)
• “Population Control: An Unnecessary Evil,” Brian Douglass (Tennessee
• “A Combinatorial and Praxeological Exploration of the Economic Calculation
Problem,” Abhi Mallick (University of Birmingham)
Dinner. STU Great Room.
6:45-7:00 Richard E. Fox Prizes for Best Papers. HAL Sticht Lecture Hall.
Ludwig von Mises Lecture. HAL Sticht Lecture Hall.
“My 41 Years as an Austrian Economist” Dr. Walter Block
Professor of Economics – Loyola University, New Orleans