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Rothbard Graduate Seminar 2024

Rothbard Graduate Seminar is an intense study of Misesian and Rothbardian economic analysis with applications to current research and related fields. Participants discuss a common set of readings with each other and Mises Institute faculty, who give advanced lectures on the material.

The goal is to equip graduate students with a solid understanding of the ideas of Mises and Rothbard, so that they may apply it to their graduate studies and research.

The core text for RGS 2024 is Human Action.

Human Action is Ludwig von Mises's masterful treatise on economics and serves as one of the Mises Institute's guiding texts. Mises's ideas in Human Action reignited the Austrian tradition in the 20th century, giving it strong methodological foundations and new clarity and emphasis on praxeology, economic calculation, the division of labor, money, business cycles, and interventionism. The book continues to inspire and inform scholars in their research today.

Welcoming remarks and discussions take place over dinner Sunday, June 9. Sessions begin Monday morning, June 10, and end Friday afternoon, June 14.

Scholarship application deadline is March 22, with decisions communicated to all applicants by April 5.

Scholarships include study materials, meals, accommodations with arrival Sunday, June 9 and departure Saturday, June 14 (accommodation location will be emailed to accepted students). Students are responsible for the cost of transportation to Auburn. Most people fly into Atlanta airport, 100 miles north of Auburn, and use Groom Transportation for shuttle service between Atlanta and Auburn. There are no shuttles to Auburn from airports other than Atlanta. Shuttle reservations can be made after you receive information on the accommodation location. 

Scholarship Application Guidelines

Attendance is limited to a small number of exceptional full-time students who are pursuing graduate degrees in economics, history, philosophy, law, political science, and business disciplines and who seek a career in academia or research. Applicants must be current graduate students or provide a copy of graduate school acceptance for the fall. Each applicant must provide a copy of the following: student photo ID, unofficial academic transcript, one letter of academic recommendation, and a writing sample. Please apply here.

Important Notes: All seminar applicants agree to abide by the Mises Institute Visiting Scholars Manual. The academic letter of recommendation should address your academic strengths that go beyond what is recorded in the university transcript. Particularly helpful are comments on your interest in Austrian economics or Austrian scholarship in general. If you are a graduate student, the letters should address the quality of your research and potential to make contributions in your academic field. If your professor wishes to send this letter privately, it can be emailed to [email protected]. The writing sample may be a short essay written for coursework, a Mises Wire article, or any other written demonstration of a student's intellectual proficiency.

Questions? Contact Felicia Jones, [email protected].

Special thanks to Alice J. Lillie for sponsoring this event. 

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