Academic Research Seminars

Do You Want to be Part of Bringing Together the Academic and Policy Worlds?

Our Academic Research Seminars bridge the gap between the academic and policy worlds by connecting liberty-advancing scholars to policy research organizations.  IHS Academic Research Seminars offer graduate students and faculty a unique opportunity to collaborate with public policy experts, and to discuss and shape their research on topics where the classical liberal perspective may be underrepresented.

Are You Planning To Attend Academic Conferences This Year?

Our seminars are often attached to academic conferences, spanning a wide range of disciplines, and are held all over the United States. Not only do our seminars provide a platform for collaboration and networking, but we also provide hotel and travel reimbursement that can offset the costs of attending your favorite academic conference.  

Our Faculty Programs team is heavily invested in supporting academics through the advancement of their careers, and fostering opportunities where ideas can influence the political decision-making process. Don’t see a seminar that covers your research area? Complete this general interest form and we will keep you in mind for future seminars.

Upcoming Programs

April 4, 2019 in Nassau, Bahamas

Permissionless Innovation

Frontiers in Permissionless Innovation

This full-day seminar will explore technology policy and barriers to innovation in a variety of tech-related fields. Three panels and one keynote speaker will discuss how permissionless innovation is currently being pursued in a variety of areas including healthcare, distributed technology, and energy and how these improvements impact prosperity and well-being of individuals. This event is cosponsored with the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University and precedes the Association of Private Enterprise Education’s annual meeting in Nassau, Bahamas.

June 27-28, 2019 in San Francisco, CA

San Francisco

How Central Planning Affects Communities

This seminar will explore the effects of central planning as it relates to K-12 education, expressway transportation, and occupational licensing. Three panels and one keynote will discuss the current policies in place as well as alternatives to them. This event immediately precedes the Western Economic Association 2019 conference in San Francisco.

Are You Interested in Attending Future Programs?

If you’re interested in attending one of our Academic Research Seminars but don’t see your research area represented, send a copy of your updated CV, and a brief description of your research to us at

See What You Missed from Our Previous Seminars

What Makes a Successful City?
March 15, 2019, St. Louis, Missouri

Using Novel Data to Examine the Impact of Government Policies
March 13, 2019, Louisville, Kentucky

The Federal Reserve and Prospects for Monetary Policy Reform
January 3, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia

Personal Information: Privacy Rights in the Digital Era

January 3, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia

The Effects of Occupational Licensing on the American Worker

October 8, 2018, Salt Lake City, Utah

State and Local Policy Making and Economies
August 28, 2018, Boston, Massachusetts

Reforming Our Institutions
July 20–July 21, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois

Embracing a Free-Market Energy Future
June 25, 2018, in Vancouver, Canada

The Anti-Economics Trend in Technology Regulation: Lessons for Economists and Legal Scholars
June 20, 2018, in Montreal, Canada

Which Institutions Best Support Prosperity in Texas and Beyond?

June 1–2, 2018, in Austin, TX