ASSC Schedule



Friday, October 30, 2009


5:00-5:30 Registration. HAL Atrium.


5:30-6:30 Dinner. STU Great Room.


7:00-8:00 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


8:00-8:30 Coffee and Pastries. HAL Atrium.


8:30-10:00 Sessions


    ▪ 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)


10:15-11:45 Sessions


    ▪ 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

                 Francisco Marroquin)

“Democratic Radical—William Leggett and Jacksonian Political Economy,”

     Anthony Comegna (Shippensburg State University)


12:00-1:30 Lunch. STU Great Room.


1:45-3:15 Sessions


    ▪ 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

     Joseph University)

    ▪ 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)


3:30-5:00 Sessions


    ▪ 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

     Technological University)

“A Combinatorial and Praxeological Exploration of the Economic Calculation

     Problem,” Abhi Mallick (University of Birmingham)


5:30-6:30 Dinner. STU Great Room.


6:45-7:00 Richard E. Fox Prizes for Best Papers. HAL Sticht Lecture Hall.


7:00-8:00 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