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

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.

August 6, 2019 in Dallas, TX


Measuring Economic Freedom: Utilizing Indices in Your Research

This full-day seminar is co-sponsored with the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. During this seminar, key stakeholders will explore economic freedom indexes that allow researchers to examine long-standing economic questions regarding the effects of economic policy at the local, state, and federal level. A keynote address and three panels will discuss the concept of economic freedom, how it is measured, and how to use findings in academic research. Participants will hear from scholars that produce those indexes as well as scholars that use them in their research.

Nov. 22, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Poverty and Economic Development Seminar, Poverty, Institutions, Economic Development

Poverty, Institutions, and Economic Development

During this full-day seminar, participants will discuss the role of strong institutions and public policy in reducing poverty and explore the relationship between institutions and local culture. In particular, the changing and limited role of outsiders such as foreign aid agencies will be assessed in juxtaposition to the potential efficacy of local civil society actors such as think tanks committed to liberalization and individual economic choices. This event is co-sponsored by the Atlas Network and immediately precedes the Southern Economic Association Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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