Friedrich von Wieser Memorial Lecture
Mark Pennington, professor of Public Policy and Political Economy & Director of the MA Political Economy Programme at King's College London. Mark's research interests lie at the intersection of politics, philosophy and economics with an emphasis on the implications of bounded rationality and imperfect knowledge for institutional design. He has a particular interest in the works of Hayek, public choice theory and related elements of the classical liberal tradition. His latest book is called Robust Political Economy: Classical Liberalism and the Future of Public Policy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (2011)
Franc Cuhel Memorial Lecture
Benjamin Powell, the Director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University and a Professor of Economics in the Rawls College of Business. He is the North American Editor of the Review of Austrian Economics, past President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, and a senior fellow with the Independent Institute. Professor Powell is the author of Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy (Cambridge University Press: 2014), editor of The Economics of Immigration: Market-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy (Oxford: 2015), Making Poor Nations Rich: Entrepreneurship and the Process of Development (Stanford University Press: 2008) and co-editor of Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis (Transaction: 2009). His primary fields of research are economic development, Austrian economics, and public choice.
Plenary Session on New Paternalism
Mario J. Rizzo, professor of economics at New York University, Director of the Program on the Foundations of the Market Economy, and co-director of the Classical Liberal Institute at the NYU Law School. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago but learned Austrian economics both before and after this training. Professor Rizzo's major fields of research has been law-and economics, ethics-and economics, and most recently behavioral economics and paternalism. He is the co-author of Austrian Economics Re-Examined: The Economics of Time and Ignorance published this year by Routledge. This is an expanded version of The Economics of Time and Ignorance. He is the author of many law-review and other scholarly articles. He is also the co-editor with Lawrence White of a Routledge book series called "Foundations of the Markets Economy." There are now 34 books in this series. He is currently completing a book for Cambridge University Press on rationality, behavioral economics and new paternalism.