Advanced Policy Seminars

Past Programs

Government Granted Privilege in American Capitalism

May 28 – 30, 2015

As the US regulatory apparatus continues to grow, government granted privileges and government imposed restrictions mean more and more to American businesses. Join us for a weekend of discussion on how these distortions affect the marketplace, firm behavior, and the role public choice can play in public policy. Keynote speakers include Dr. Joshua Wright of George Mason University and the Federal Trade Commission, and Dr. Edward Lopez of Western Carolina University. Please contact Melinda Modica at to express interest.


Behavioral Economics and the Regulatory State

March 6 – 7, 2015

With the popularity, of works by scholars like Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler, questions of how behavioral economics can be applied to regulatory policy have begun to dominate the academic debate. Join IHS, Mercatus, and scholars like Todd Zywicki of George Mason University and New York University’s Mario Rizzo to discuss how classical liberal scholarship relates to this burgeoning field, and how classical liberal scholars can contribute to the discussion. Please contact Scott King at to express interest.


Energy, the Environment, and Regulatory Policy

March 20 – 21, 2015

Join the Institute for Humane Studies and Strata in Logan, Utah for a weekend of workshops and discussions on how free market ideas can shape energy and environmental policy. Key scholars will lead policy workshops on current and future research agendas. Ideal participants should be late stage graduate students or recently placed academic faculty who have demonstrated research interests in energy or environmental economics. If you’re interested in attending similar events in the future please contact Saria Sheikh at