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

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.

January 2, 2020 in San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

Global Monetary Issues in a Low Interest Rate World

During this full-day seminar, participants will discuss the role of global monetary policy and explore the effects of low interest rates on the international community. In particular, global monetary frameworks will be evaluated in order to assess currency manipulation, the Eurozone, and central bank balance sheets to provide a clearer picture of issues surrounding low interest rates. This event is co-sponsored with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and will be held in San Diego, California.

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

Measuring Economic Freedom: Utilizing Indices in Your Research August 6, 2019, in Dallas, TX

How Central Planning Affects Communities June 27–28, 2019, in San Francisco, CA

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