Policy Research Seminars

At IHS, 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.

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

Criminal Justice Reform
In partnership with the Charles Koch Foundation
October 3rd in Nashville, TN (during the State Policy Network’s annual meeting)

Join policy professionals, university-based academics, the Institute for Humane Studies and the Charles Koch Foundation for a half-day policy research seminar analyzing the biggest issues facing our criminal justice system. This program will focus on applied policy research and will feature discussions on overcriminalization, drug policy, and sentencing reform.  The seminar will be held on October 3rd, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center during the State Policy Network’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Activates will begin at 12:30 p.m. with coffee service, lunch will be served promptly at 1:00 p.m., and closing remarks will conclude the seminar around 5:00 p.m.

If you would like to request an invitation, please fill out the Seminar Interest Form.

 

The Law and Economics of Space Policy
In partnership with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
October 14-15, 2016 in Arlington, VA

Space may be the final frontier, but if we don’t get our policies right, we will never fully realize the potential for space exploration. Too much of the conversation on space policy is guided by a prohibitory, “government-first” mindset. Young liberty-minded scholars have an opportunity to catalyze market-oriented space policies by applying the tools of economics and property rights analysis to the stars.

The seminar will take place October 14th-15th in Arlington, Virginia, with IHS providing travel reimbursements and hotel accommodations for all participants. Panels discussing U.S. and international space regulation will be featured, as well as a workshop addressing gaps in space policy research. Policy Research Seminars are a cost-free opportunity to examine how academic research can impact policy change, while also providing the chance to explore opportunities with the Mercatus Center and IHS. Registration is open to advanced graduate students and faculty.

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

 

Machine Learning and Empirical Policy Research
In partnership with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
November 17-18, 2016 in Washington DC (before the Southern Economic Association’s annual meeting)

This seminar will introduce participants to RegData, a database developed by the Mercatus Center, which is used to quantify the accumulation of federal regulations by industry over time. Participants will learn how to use the methods, features, and data introduced by RegData and its successor, QuantGov. The program will include several interactive research workshops discussing RegData, its many applications, and how your research may be advanced by its use.

Participation offsets the cost of attending SEA as you will be eligible for travel assistance to get to SEA. If you are attending SEA, we will provide hotel accommodations for the nights of the 17th and 18th.

If you would like to request an invitation, please fill out the Seminar Interest Form

 

Rule-based Approaches to Monetary Policy
In partnership with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
November 19, 2016 in Washington DC (during the Southern Economic Association’s annual meeting)

Interested in learning about trends in monetary policy research? Consider attending our short policy research seminar which will feature a panel on Mercatus research followed by a dinner and podcast that will be recorded for Macro Musings.

The seminar will be held the evening of November 19th at the Intercontinental Hotel and is ideal for scholars who will be in the area attending the SEA annual meeting.

If you would like to request an invitation, please fill out the Seminar Interest Form.

 

Regulators’ and Researchers’ Views on Financial Regulations
In partnership with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
January 4-5, 2016 in Chicago, IL (during the American Economic Association’s annual meeting)

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.

If you would like to request an invitation, please fill out the Seminar Interest Form.

 

Inquire about 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.

Previous Seminars

Risk Analysis
June 27-28, 2016 in Portland, OR

The Economics of Education
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

Government Granted Privilege in American Capitalism
May 28-30, 2015 in Arlington, VA

Policy Research Seminar at APSA
August 31, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA