Policy Research Seminars

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

Our Policy Research Seminars bridge the gap between the academic and policy worlds by connecting liberty-advancing scholars to policy research organizations.  IHS Policy 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 provided 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.

To inquire about participating, please email Justin Davis at policyresearch@TheIHS.org.

Upcoming Programs

Jan. 4-5, 2017 in Chicago, IL

Policy Research Seminars

Regulators’ and Researchers’ Views on Financial Regulations

In this seminar, regulators will discuss their experience on different aspects of regulating the financial system such as bank regulations, securities markets regulations, insurance industry regulations, and regulation of financial technology. Academic researchers will also provide perspectives on how they view impacts of financial regulations and alternative approaches they have researched.

April 8, 2017

Blue water wave and bubbles to clean drinking water

The Challenge of Balancing Competing Demands for Water

In the face of climate change and economic uncertainty, balancing competing demands for water is a growing challenge. The goal of this seminar is to discuss and discover policy solutions for the following questions: What can we learn from the developing world? What institutional arrangements in the United States can serve as models for growing urban populations? What policy reforms will help foster the development of robust water markets in arid regions? What is the role of government?

April 13 in Lahaina, HI

Jones Act

Researchers’ and Stakeholders’ Views on the Jones Act

The goal of the seminar is two-fold: to inform people about how the Jones Act harms the economy in myriad ways without providing security benefits, and to introduce the audience to the Mercatus Center’s new Program on the American Economy and Globalization (PAEG). In this seminar, researchers and stakeholders will discuss their experiences with different aspects of the Jones Act such as cost-benefit analyses, concerns surrounding security and safety including emergency disaster response, trade, energy, agriculture, outsourcing, and equity among regions and industries. Academic researchers will also provide perspectives on how they view impacts of the Jones Act and alternative approaches they have researched.

Are You Interested in Attending Future Programs?

If you’re interested in attending one of our Policy 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 Justin Davis at policyresearch@TheIHS.org.

See What You Missed from Our Previous Policy Research Seminars

Rethinking Monetary Policy: Rule-Based Approaches
November 19, 2016 in Washington, DC
Machine Learning and Empirical Policy Research
November 17-18, 2016 in Washington, DC
The Law and Economics of Space Policy
October 14-15, 2016 in Arlington, VA
Policy Research Seminar at APSA
August 31, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA
June 27-28, 2016 in Portland, OR
June 17-18, 2016 in Austin, TX
Free Market Environmentalism
April 1-2, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV
State and Local Policy
March 12-13, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Financial Markets Regulation
January 5-6, 2016 in San Francisco, CA
FDA Pre-Market Approval and the Future of Innovation
November 19-20, 2015 in New Orleans, LA