Why AERC Remains One of the Few Venues for Real Intellectuals
Starting Friday, the Mises Institute will be hosting the Austrian Economics Research Conference, an event I consider one of the highlights of the year. What makes AERC a particularly unique event is that it provides a platform for Austrian scholars—and intellectual allies—to present new, important work and to have it engaged with sincerely and honestly by other serious intellectuals. At a time when universities have become the most intolerant institutions toward intellectual freedom, environments like this have never been more important.
Another unique advantage of AERC is that it is not isolated to ivory tower academics, but instead encourages intellectual dialogue between professional scholars, businessmen, journalists, and other “vocational economists” who are interested in studying proper economics.
Joseph Salerno has noted why this is a point of pride for the event:
The AERC is very much like other academic economic conferences in format, but it does differ from almost all others in one respect. Whereas a typical economics conference is not typically amenable to non-economists, the AERC goes out of its way to welcome people working in business and finance, journalists, clergy, investors, retired persons, students, and anyone interested in learning about the latest developments in sound economics.
This distinctive feature of the AERC is neither accidental nor an arbitrary preference of the organizers. It is part of a d
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