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

March 13, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky

Using Novel Data to Examine the Impact of Government Policies

Using Novel Data to Examine the Impact of Government Policies

During a keynote address and three panels, participants will learn about new empirical developments in research on occupational licensing, new research and opportunities to investigate the effects of state and federal regulations, and new data on trade agreements and other international rules that allow researchers to study how these policies affect trade and the economic health of different countries. This event is co-sponsored with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and precedes the Public Choice Society Annual Meetings in Louisville, Kentucky.

March 15, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri

What Makes a Successful City?

During a weekend seminar, researchers and stakeholders will discuss in detail the reasons why some cities thrive while others decay. Three mixed panels of policy analysts and academics, one keynote address, and a research workshop will provide insight on how we can improve the economic outcomes in cities that report flat or declining incomes. This seminar is co-sponsored with the Show-Me Institute and will take place in St. Louis, Missouri.

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.

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

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