Leszek Balcerowicz (born 1947); Professor of Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in the first non-communist government in Poland after 1989 (1989-1991), and between 1997 and 2000; President of the National Bank of Poland (2001-2007). Recipient of numerous honours from universities and awards. Distinguished with Poland’s highest decoration – Order of the White Eagle (2005) – for his contribution to the reforms in Poland (2005), as well as Milton Friedman, Ludwig Erhard and Friedrich von Hayek prizes. Honorary Chairman of the Brussels think tank Bruegel and a member of the Group of Thirty. Founder and Chairman of the Council of a Warsaw-based think tank, Civil Development Forum.
Richard Baldwin is Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva since 1991, and Editor-in-Chief of Vox since he founded it in June 2007. He was President/Director of CEPR (2014-2018), and a visiting professor at Oxford (2012-2015), and MIT (2003). In terms of government service, he was a Senior Staff Economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in the Bush Administration (1990-1991) on leave from Columbia University Business School where he was Associate Professor.
Baldwin advises governments and international organisation around the world, and is the author of numerous books and articles on international trade, globalisation, regionalism, and European integration. His 2016 book, The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalisation, was listed by Lawrence Summers as one of the five most important books on globalisation ever. His latest book, The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work, was published in February 2019.
He wrote his PhD at MIT under the guidance of Paul Krugman, with whom he has co-author a half dozen articles. His MSc in economics is from LSE, his BA in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he has honorary doctorates from the Turku School of Economics and Business in Finland (2005), the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland (2012), and the Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), in Peru (2014).
Richard Baldwin is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Stewardship Board on Trade and Investment Issues from 2016, having been a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Trade from 2009 to 2015. He was Vice Chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) in Washington (2008 – 2012), and an Elected Member on the Council of the European Economic Association, (1999-2004, 2006-2011).
Maria Blanco is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University San Pablo-CEU (Madrid). She completed her undergraduate in Economics and Business Administration and her PhD in Economics in the Department of Economic History and Institutions at the Universidad Complutense (Madrid). Her research interests are diverse and cover from the use of mathematics in the History of Economic Thought to the economic analysis of main literary masterpieces or the role of the entrepreneur in the capitalist system.
Her research is close to the Classical School of Economics, the Austrian School of Economics, Public Choice and more recently the approach of Evolutionist Psychology and Neurosciences to economics. She is also Associate Professor of the ILEAD (Institute for Advancement and Leadership) at her university.
She published two books Las Tribus Liberales, on the present situation of classical liberal movement, its problems and misperception by our society, and Afrodita Desenmascarada on libertarian feminism.
Peter Boettke is a university professor of economics and philosophy at George Mason University, as well as the director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Boettke has authored and coauthored thirteen books, including his most recent, Public Governance and the Classical Liberal Perspective, which was co-authored with Paul Dragos Aligica and Vlad Tarko.
He is also editor of numerous academic journals and book series, including the Review of Austrian Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, and the Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society book series with Cambridge University Press, among others. Boettke received his PhD in economics from George Mason University.
Professor in Economics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Blekinge Technical University (BTH) and Research Director at Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum.
Pontus Braunerhjelm earned his Ph. D. at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, in 1994. Presently, he has a chair in economics at KTH where he was head of the Industrial Economics and Management department 2012-2016. He has also held various leading positions at Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, The Center for Business and Policy Studies (SNS), The Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), and Linköping University.
His research focusses on the intersection between innovation, entrepreneurship, industrial dynamics and growth. Altogether he has about 350 publications, whereof 150 published in peer reviewed international journals and books.
Pontus Braunerhjelm has also been engaged in several policy-oriented projects for the Swedish government as well as internationally. In January 2007 he was appointed General Secretary of the Swedish Globalization Council, initiated by the Swedish Government in autumn 2006. In May 2014 he was appointed Chairman of the governmental committee on Swedish entrepreneurship policies by the Finance Minister and the Minister of Enterprise and Industry.
Presently, he is member of several boards and scientific committees while previous engagements include The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), The Royal Dramatic Theatre and The Swedish Venture Capital Association, too mention a few.
Dr. Zsuzsanna Breier was born in 1963 in Budapest, and is living in Berlin. She graduated from the ELTE Budapest, where she became Assistant Professor for German Literature. Served as State Secretary for European Affairs of Hesse, and as Managing Director of Handelsblatt Global Edition. Since 2016 she has been working as a freelance writer.
Torkel Brekke is professor in cultural and religious diversity at Oslo Metropolitan University. His main research interest is religion and conflict. He has an affiliation at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), where he was Deputy Director 2016-2018 and he is part of the leader group at the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo. He has been professor in the Study of Religion at the University of Oslo and at the University of Oxford.
From 2007 he has been responsible for Civita’s academy in political philosophy designed for young politicians. His publications include a number of research articles and several books, such as Fundamentalism: Prophecy and Protest in an Age of Globalization (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Faithonomics – Religion and the Free Market (London: Hurst & co and New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.)
Dr. Eamonn Butler is director and cofounder of Britain’s leading free-market policy think tank, the Adam Smith Institute, and a leading author and broadcaster on economics and social issues. Westminster insiders look forward each week to his wry online commentary on politics and politicians. Butler has received many awards in recognition of his long-term commitment to furthering the market economy, such as the UK National Free Enterprise Award and the Freedom Medal of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. He is honorary secretary of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Butler commissioned and raised the funding for the statue of the economist and philosopher Adam Smith (1723–1790), that stands in Edinburgh’s High Street. He has appeared in many TV and film documentaries on policy issues, such as Brexit: The Movie, and produced the two-part historical documentary Secrets of the Magna Carta.
Butler is a prolific author of books on a wide range of subjects, from economics to psychology and politics. These include easy-to-read introductions to the economists Milton Friedman, F. A. Hayek, and Adam Smith, and a short explanation of how markets work, called (modestly) The Best Book on the Market, which he wrote to be “so simple that even politicians can understand it.”
Bruce Caldwell is a research professor of economics and the director of the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University. He is the author of Beyond Positivism: Economic Methodology in the Twentieth Century (1982) and Hayek’s Challenge: An Intellectual Biography of F. A. Hayek (2004).
Since 2002 he has served as the general editor of The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, a multivolume collection of Hayek’s writings. A past president of the History of Economics Society and of the Southern Economic Association, Caldwell has held research fellowships at New York University, Cambridge University, and the London School of Economics, and is a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.
Caldwell is currently working together with Hansjoerg Klausinger on a full biography of Hayek. In 2019–2020 he will pursue this project as a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution.
J.R. Clark earned a PhD in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute under Nobel Laureate James Buchanan and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Princeton. He currently holds the Probasco Distinguished Chair at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is the author of seven books and more than 130 academic articles.
In 1996, he was inducted into the Mont Pèlerin Society, elected to its board of directors in 2006, served as vice president from 2010-2012, and currently serves as treasurer. In 2012-13 he was a vice president at the John Templeton Foundation and currently serves as secretary/treasurer for The Association for Private Enterprise Education. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot’s rating and currently flies light jet aircraft.
Warren Coats retired from the International Monetary Fund in 2003 as Assistant Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, where he led technical assistance missions to more than twenty countries (including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Egypt, Iraq Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, South Sudan, Turkey, West Bank and Gaza, and Zimbabwe). Prior to that he served as visiting economist to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (1979), and to the World Bank’s Word Develop Report team (1988-9) and was Assistant Prof of Economics at UVa from 1970-75. He was chief of the Operations Division for SDRs in the Finance Department from 1982 – 1988.
He was a director of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority 2003 – 2010 and a member of the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review from 2010 to May 2017. His most recent book, One Currency for Bosnia: Creating the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina, chronicles his experience in establishing the new central bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He has a BA from UC Berkeley, and PhD from U. of Chicago chaired by Milton Friedman, both in Economics. In March 2019 he was named the Central Banking Journal’s first recipient of its award for Outstanding Contribution for Capacity Building at central banks. He is currently a fellow of Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise.
Victoria Curzon Price is honorary professor of economics of the University Geneva. She started her career by specializing in international economics and the economics of integration. Comparing the European Economic Community and the European Free Trade Association led her to a firm conviction that institutional competition (represented by EFTA’s free trade area approach to integration) was superior to “harmonization” (represented by the EEC’s customs union).
She joined the Mont Pelerin Society in 1986, served as member of the Board from 1997 to 2010 and was President of the MPS from 2004 to 2006. Previous positions include: Deputy, Grand Conseil, Etat de Genève (2008-09), Professor of economics (1982-2008) University of Geneva, member of the Governing Council, University of Geneva, 2003-07), Director of the European Institute of the University of Geneva (1994-98), faculty member of the International Management Institute, Geneva (1972-1990) and visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam during the 1980s.
Professor Curzon Price is the author of many books and articles on international trade policy and European integration. Her current research interests include fiscal and institutional competition in Europe.
Selection of recent publications :
« Une famille suisse face au défi de la retraite », Journal des Libertés, No. 7, 2019, pp.311-323.
“Quelles sources du liberalisme économique en Suisse?” à paraître, Fondation Bodmer, Genève.
“A brief account of different schools of thought in modern liberalism” on the occasion of the inauguration of the Library of Liberty, Bern, 14 September 2015.
“La poule aux oeufs d’or”, in Pierre Bessard et Victoria Curzon (dir), L’impôt sur les successions: Une fausse bonne idée, Institut Libéral, Genève, 2014, pp. 107-110.
“The Golden Rule in Switzerland: support for the Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle?” in Roland Nef – Kämpfer für die Freiheit, Edition Swiss Library, Luzern, 2012, pp.125-129.
“La prevue par le frein à l’endettement”, Institut Libéral, Genève, 2012, pp. 1-10.
“Institutional Competition in the European Union: Causes and consequences of the drive to harmonize” in International Handbook on the Economics of Integration, Vol II, M.N. Jovanovic (ed.), Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2011, pp. 3-20.
Foreword, in Roland Vaubel, The European Institutions as an Interest Group,IEA, London 2009, pp.9-11.
“Réglementer les rémunérations ne résoudrait rien! » Le Temps, 27 mars 2009.
“Fiscal Competition and the Optimization of Tax Revenues for Higher Growth”, in Institutional Competition, Bergh A. and Höjer R. (eds.) Edward Elgar, 2008.
« Unarmed Bandits ? How to Fight Lobbies and Special Interest Groups”, in Reflexion 3 2007 Wie viel Staat braucht die Wirtschaft?, pp. 11-14.
« La politique industrielle européenne au 21ème siècle : Reflet de l’évolution des idées sur le rôle des pouvoirs publics dans l’économie » Université Catholique de Louvain, 2007
Le libéralisme: Pourquoi ça marche ?, Ed. Favre, Lausanne, 2007.
Erwin Dekker (1984) is assistant professor of Cultural Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and has been post-doctoral fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is currently finishing the intellectual biography of Jan Tinbergen, the first Nobel Prize winner in Economics; the biography will be published in 2020. His book ‘The Viennese students of Civilization’ (2016) on the cultural context of the Austrian School of Economics was published with Cambridge University Press. His research focuses on the intersection of art, culture and economics. He has published in articles in the fields of Cultural Economics, Austrian economics, Economic Methodology and intellectual history, and he is currently working also working on a book project about the way in which knowledge commons sustain and facilitate markets.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Lars P. Feld, University of Freiburg, Walter Eucken Institute and German Council of Economic Experts
Lars P. Feld has been holding a chair of Economics, in particular Economic Policy, at Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg since 2010 and is the current Director of the Walter Eucken Institute. After his studies in Economics at the University of Saarland (Germany) Lars P. Feld graduated from University of St. Gallen in 1999 and qualified for a professorship in 2002. From 2002 to 2006, he worked as a professor of economics, with a focus on public economics, at Philipps-University Marburg, and from 2006 to 2010 at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg. He is a member of Leopoldina (the German National Academy of Sciences), the Kronberger Kreis – scientific council of the think tank Stiftung Marktwirtschaft –, and the Mont Pelerin Society. From 2007 to 2009, he was president of the European Public Choice Society.
Since 2003, Lars P. Feld has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Federal Ministry of Finance and, since 2011, a member of the German Council of Economic Experts (GCEE). He currently represents the GCEE in the Independent Advisory Council of the Stability Council, Germany’s construction of a fiscal council. In 2017, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Lucerne in Switzerland.
Ralf Fücks is managing director of the Center for Liberal Modernity, following 21 years as president of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, the political foundation associated with the Greens. At the centre of his work were green economics and ecological innovation, migration, the future of Europe and international politics. Before that he was co-chair of the German Green Party (1989/90) and Senator of Environment and City Development in Bremen.
Fücks is considered a pioneer thinker, seeking cross-party discourse. He is an advocate for liberal ecology politics, focusing on innovation rather than prohibition. Of special importance to him is a dialogue with the business community, which he considers an invaluable actor of a “green industrial revolution”.
Fücks is a regular contributor to national and international media and co-author to numerous books. In 1991, he was editor of the book “Sind die Grünen noch zu retten?” (Is There a Future for the Green Party?). In 2013 his book “Intelligent Wachsen – Die grüne Revolution” (Smart Growth – The Green Revolution) was published in German, followed by English, Polish and Russian editions. His second book, “Freiheit verteidigen – wie wir den Kampf um die offene Gesellschaft gewinnen” (Defending Freedom – How We Can Win The Fight For An Open Society) is dealing with the challenge liberal democracy is facing at home and globally. In September 2019, the anthology “Soziale Marktwirtschaft ökologisch erneuern“ (“Greening the Social Market Economy”) was published by Fücks together with Thomas Köhler at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
Prof. Dr. Fan Gang is Director of the National Economic Research Institute
China Reform Foundation, and he is also professor of economics, Peking University PHBS and the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and chairman of the China Development Institute.
He received his Ph.D in Economics from CASS on 1988. His publications include over 100 academic papers, published in Chinese and English academic journals, and 12 books on Macroeconomics and Economics of transition. He is also an advisor to various departments of the Chinese Central government and provincial governments; as academic member of China Monetary Policy Committee during 2006-2010 and 2015- 2018 again. He was listed as one of “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” jointly by Foreign Policy and Prospect in 2005 and 2008 consecutively；and listed as one of “100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy in 2010.
Hans Christian Garmann Johnsen is Professor at the Department of Working Life and Innovation at the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder. He holds an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics and gained his PhD at the Copenhagen Business School.
In addition to his position at the University of Agder, Garmann Johnsen is and Visiting Professor at Deusto University in Spain. Garmann Johnsen has been adjunct Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Senior Researcher at NORCE and visiting scholar at several universities including UC Berkeley and Cornell in the USA, and Kingston University in the UK.
For several years, Garmann Johnsen has been involved in national research programs on collaborative innovation. His research has resulted in a number of articles in journals, such as Regional Studies, Science and Public Policy, International Journal of Action Research and The Journal of Human-Centred Systems and Machine Intelligence. His latest books are published by Gower, Springer and Routledge. His latest books are: Johnsen, Hans Christian Garmann; Holtskog, Halvor; Ennals, Richard (2018). Coping with the Future: Rethinking Assumptions for Society, Business and Work. London: Routledge; Johnsen, Hans Christian Garmann; Hauge, Elisabeth S.; Magnussen, May-Linda; Ennals, Richard (2016). Applied social science research in a regional knowledge system. London: Routledge. Johnsen, Hans Christian Garmann; Torjesen, Stina; Ennals, Richard (2015). Higher Education in a Sustainable Society. Heidelberg: Springer; Johnsen, Hans Christian Garmann (2014). The New Natural Resource: Knowledge Development, Society and Economics. London: Routledge.
Garmann Johnsen is a specialist in the study of working life and innovation. He is Managing Editor of European Journal of Workplace Innovation, and Center leader for Centre for Advanced Studies in Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS -Centre). He currently teaches Philosophy of Science at two universities: University of Agder and Duesto University in San Sebastian, Spain.
Edwin van de Haar is an independent scholar who specializes in the liberal tradition in international political theory. He has been a (visiting) lecturer at Brown University, Leiden University and Ateneo de Manila University. Van de Haar is the author of Classical Liberalism and International Relations Theory. Hume, Smith, Mises and Hayek (2009), Beloved Yet Unknown. The Political Philosophy of Liberalism (2011, in Dutch) and Degrees of Freedom. Liberal Political Philosophy and Ideology (2015).
Among others, he contributed to The Oxford Handbook of Adam Smith (2013), The Liberal International Theory Tradition in Europe (2020, forthcoming), while his articles on liberal ideas and liberal thinkers appeared among others in Review of International Studies, International Relations and International Politics.
Samuel Hammond is the Director of Poverty and Welfare Policy at the Niskanen Center. His commentary has been published in the Atlantic, the National Review, and the American Conservative. He has also been featured in New York Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Vox, and Slate.
He previously worked as an economist for the Government of Canada specializing in rural economic development, and as a graduate research fellow for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research focuses on the effectiveness of cash transfers in alleviating poverty, and how free markets can be complemented by robust systems of social insurance.
Dr. Professor Justus Haucap is the founding director of the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) at Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf. From 2006 to 2014 he served as a member of the German Monopolies Commission, which he also chaired for four years (2008-2012). He is also a member of both the German Academy of Technical Sciences (acatech) and the Northrhine-Westfalian Academy of Sciences and Arts, as well as acting vice chairman of the German Networks Agency’s council of scientific advisors. He has been named one of Germany’s 30 most influential economists for the last six years in a row by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany’s leading daily newspaper.
After studying economics in Saarbrücken (Germany) and Ann Arbor (Michigan, USA) and pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Saarland, he held positions at the University of California at Berkeley, the New Zealand Treasury, the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg, the Ruhr-University of Bochum and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
His research mainly focuses on competition and antitrust issues as well as the regulation of network industries and digital markets. He regularly advises public institutions such as the European Parliament, the German Ministry of Economics and Energy, the German Ministry of Finance, as well as many private firms and associations. Recently, he has co-authored an influential report to the German Government on options for competition law reform regarding the abuse of market power in digital markets.
Justus Haucap is also the leading editor of Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, the policy journal of the German Economic Association.
Karen Horn, born in 1966, teaches history of economic thought and journalism at the University of Erfurt, Germany. She also serves as editor-in-chief for “Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik”, a scholarly journal published by the German Economic Association. She is a co-founder of NOUS, an international academic network for constitutional economics and social philosophy. Her academic interests are located at the intersection of philosophy, economics, political science and history. In her teaching and research, she focusses on the work of Adam Smith, Friedrich Hayek, James M. Buchanan and the German “ordoliberals”. She holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Earlier in her career, Karen Horn was an economic policy editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and then head of the Berlin office of IW Köln, a large private economic research institute. She was awarded with the Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic journalism in 2010. She regularly writes essays and columns for various German, French and English language media and also appears on TV and radio. She has authored several books, e.g. “Roads to Wisdom – Conversations with Ten Nobel Laureates” (Elgar 2009) and “Hayek für jedermann” (FAZ Buch 2013). Karen Horn now lives in Zurich, Switzerland.
G. John Ikenberry is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also Co-Director of Princeton’s Center for International Security Studies. Ikenberry is also a Global Eminence Scholar at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea. In 2013-2014 Ikenberry was the 72nd Eastman Visiting Professor at Balliol College, Oxford. Ikenberry is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In a recent survey of international relations scholars, Ikenberry was ranked 10th in scholars who have produced the best work in the field of IR in the past 20 years, and ranked 8th in scholars who have produced the most interesting work in the past 5 years.
Professor Ikenberry is the author of eight books, including the forthcoming, A World Safe for Democracy: Liberal Internationalism and the Crises of Global Order (Yale 2020). Others include: Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American System (Princeton, 2011). His book, After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars (Princeton, 2001), won the 2002 Schroeder-Jervis Award presented by the American Political Science Association for the best book in international history and politics. A collection of his essays, entitled Liberal Order and Imperial Ambition: American Power and International Order (Policy) appeared in 2006. Ikenberry is also co-author of Crisis of American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the 21st Century (Princeton 2009), which explores the Wilsonian legacy in contemporary American foreign policy. Ikenberry has also the editor or co-editor of fourteen books, including America Unrivaled: The Future of the Balance of Power (Cornell, 2002), The End of the West? Crisis and Change in Atlantic Order (Cornell 2008) and Unipolarity and International Relations Theory (Cambridge, 2011). Ikenberry has authored 130 journal articles, essays, and book chapters.
Nils Karlson is the founding president and CEO of the Ratio research institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He is an economist and political scientist, Professor in Political Science at Linköping University.
His research is focused on the interaction between politics, markets and civil society in Western democracies and welfare states. His most recent books in English are Bureaucratsor Markets in Innovation Policy? (Ratio 2019), with C. Sandström and K. Wennberg, and Statecraft and Liberal Reform in Advanced Democracies (Palgrave McMillan 2018).
Currently he is working on a book about the future of the European Union.
Lynne Kiesling is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, where she is also Co-Director of the Institute for Regulatory Law & Economics. She is also a Faculty Affiliate in the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at CMU.
Her research in transactive energy uses transaction cost economics to examine regulation, market design, and technology in the development of markets, products and services and the economics of digital technologies in the electricity industry. Her publications include academic journal articles, policy analyses, and Deregulation, Innovation, and Market Liberalization: Electricity Restructuring in a Constantly Evolving Environment (Routledge, 2008). She has also served as a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Smart Grid Advisory Committee.
Her teaching background includes energy and environmental economics, antitrust and regulation, history of economic thought, European economic history, and principles of microeconomics. Dr. Kiesling holds a B.S. in Economics from Miami University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University.
Jeffrey Inchul Kim is a professor emeritus in the Economics department at Sung Kyun Kwan University, Seoul, South Korea. He earned a PhD in economics at the University of Chicago and has taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and American University, Washington, DC. In South Korea, he worked at the Korea Development Institute as a senior fellow for three years and served as the adviser to the Minister of Finance for three years before returning to the academic world. His main fields are international economics and economic development.
Kim has been doing research work on foreign debt management and exchange rate policy. Taking some years off from the university, he served as president of Incheon Development Institute. Kim also served as foreign investment ombudsman of South Korea for full three years. His job was to resolve numerous problems for foreign investors. Currently more than 17,000 foreign investors are operating their businesses in South Korea.
Kim received the Cheong Ram Prize from the Korean Economic Association in 1988. This prize is given to the best economist of the year below 40 years of age. He has been a columnist since 2015 writing economic articles for the Korea Times, Korea’s daily English-language newspaper.
Stefan Kolev is a professor of political economy at the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau and the deputy director of the Wilhelm Röpke Institute in Erfurt, Germany. Originally from Bulgaria, Stefan studied economics and business administration at the University of Hamburg and holds a PhD in economics from the University of Hamburg. During his undergraduate and graduate studies, he was fellow of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. After finishing his dissertation on the political economy of neoliberalism, he conducted a project on the centrally planned economy of former East Germany at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics HWWI.
Stefan’s research focuses on the history of economic thought, especially ordoliberalism and Austrian economics, on economic sociology, especially Max Weber, and on constitutional political economy. He was visiting researcher at the Bulgarian National Bank, at Duke University’s Center for the History of Political Economy, and at Indiana University Bloomington’s Ostrom Workshop. He is a founding member of the Network for Constitutional Economics and Social Philosophy NOUS, advisory board member of the Alliance for the Social Market Economy ASM, and member of the Walter Eucken Institute.
Stefan co-edits the ORDO Jahrbuch für die Ordnung von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft as well as the Journal of Contextual Economics – Schmollers Jahrbuch. He has been member of the Mont Pèlerin Society since 2013 and has published on the Society’s history as seen from its founding generation.
Rolf J. Langhammer is a trade and development economist at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Kiel/Germany. He acted as division chief, head of research department, and vice-president (since 1997) before he retired in 2012. Being honorary professor at Kiel University (since 1995) and full professor at a German business school (WHU in Vallendar) from 2013-2016, he taught international economic relations and development economics.
He has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals, wrote monographs, contributed to conference proceedings, and advised national and international institutions on development and trade policies. Between 1995 and 2007, he was a member of the scientific advisory council of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. He continues to work at the Kiel Institute.
Jacob T. Levy is Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory, Professor of Political Science, and associated faculty in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University. He is the coordinator of McGill’s Research Group on Constitutional Studies, the founding director of McGill’s Yan P. Lin Centre for the Study of Freedom and Global Orders in the Ancient and Modern Worlds, and the political theory field editor for The Journal of Politics.
He is the author of The Multiculturalism of Fear (OUP 2000) and Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom (OUP 2014), and editor or coeditor of Colonialism and Its Legacies; Nomos LV: Federalism and Subsidiarity; The interpretation of Modernity; and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory. He is a Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center and an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University, and an LL.M. from the University of Chicago Law School.
His writing on contemporary questions has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post,, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Vox, Foreign Policy, Salon, The Australian, Slate (France), The Chronicle of Higher Education, Reason, and The Boston Review.
Deirdre Nansen McCloskey is professor emerita of economics, history, English, and communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Trained as an economist at Harvard in the 1960s, but wandering since, she has written twenty-four books and a few hundred academic and popular articles on economics, history, rhetoric, philosophy, statistics, feminism, queer studies, liberalism, ethics, and law. She taught economics 1968-80 at the University of Chicago during its glory days, but now describes herself as a “literary, quantitative, postmodern, free-market, progressive-Anglican, ex-marxoid, Midwestern woman from Boston who was once a man, a Christian classical liberal.”
She is well known for her 2019 Why Liberalism Works: How True Liberal Values Produce a Freer, More Equal, Prosperous World for All , and her economic, historical, and literary trilogy The Bourgeois Era (2006, 2010, 2016), and for The Rhetoric of Economics (1985, 1999), If You’re So Smart: The Narrative of Economic Expertise (1990), Crossing: A Memoir (1999; 2019 with an Afterword), and with Stephen Ziliak The Cult of Statistical Significance (2008). Books in press include Bettering Humanomics: A New, and Old, Way to Do Economics (2021), and with Art Carden Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich: How the Bourgeois Deal Enriched the World (2020).
Franziska Meifort is a postdoctoral fellow at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany. She studied History and English Philology in Hanover and Berlin. After stays abroad in the US and the UK she worked at the German Bundestag and in a Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) research project at Freie Universität Berlin. At the Federal Archives in Koblenz she was responsible for sorting and arranging the Dahrendorf papers and created a finding aid for the record.
In 2016, she received a Ph.D. from Freie Universität Berlin for her dissertation on Ralf Dahrendorf and his role as a public intellectual. For her dissertation, she was awarded with the Wolf-Erich-Kellner-Prize in 2016.
Franziska Meifort’s research interests include transnational history, the intellectual history of the Federal Republic and the German culture of remembrance since 1945. Currently, she is working on a project on practices of alcohol consumption of elites in the 19th century.
• The Border Crosser: Ralf Dahrendorf as a Public Intellectual between Theory and Practice, in: SocietàMutamentoPolitica, (10, 19) 2019, Sonderheft „Beyond borders: Ralf Dahrendorf’s legacy / Oltre i confini: l’eredità di Ralf Dahrendorf”, ed. by Laura Leonardi, pp. 67-76.
• Ralf Dahrendorf. Eine Biographie, München: C. H. Beck, 2017.
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Alberto Mingardi is director general of the Italian free-market think tank Istituto Bruno Leoni, which he contributed to establishing in 2004. He is assistant professor in History of Political Thought at University Institute for Modern Languages (IULM) in Milan and a presidential scholar in Political Theory at Chapman University (Orange, California). He is also an adjunct fellow at the Cato Institute (Washington, DC).
Mingardi holds a PhD in political science from the University of Pavia, Italy. He has translated and edited critical editions of works by Thomas Hodgskin (Crimine e potere, 2014), Vilfredo Pareto (L’ignoranza e il malgoverno. Lettere a Liberty, 2018) and Herbert Spencer (L’uomo contro lo Stato, 2016). He has also written monographs on Spencer (2011) and Hodgskin (2016). He translated into English Antonio Rosmini’s La Costituzione secondo la giustizia sociale (The Constitution under Social Justice, 2007). He is currently working on a book in English on Hodgskin.
His latest book for the general public is La verità, vi prego, sul neoliberismo (Tell Me the Truth About Neoliberalism), published in 2019 and short-listed for Premio Estense, Italy’s premier nonfiction literary award. He is a columnist for the Italian newspaper La Stampa, contributes frequently to publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Politico, and blogs at EconLog.
Lars Peder Nordbakken is an economist with the liberal think tank Civita in Oslo, Norway, and a frequent writer and commentator on a range of political and economic policy issues. Nordbakken is also actively engaged with the history of economic and political ideas and with the continuing task of interpreting and renewing liberalism in response to a changing world.
His most recent book, Liberale tenker for vår tid (Liberal Thinkers for Our Time, 2017), presents, for the first time in Norway, a series of intellectual portraits of the main thinkers behind the revival of liberalism in Europe after the Second World War, including many prominent former members of the Mont Pelerin Society. His other major work is a book on the preconditions for the productive dynamism of a liberal market economy, Muligheter for alle (Opportunities for Everyone, 2006).
Nordbakken is currently working on a new book on the principles of liberal economic policy, combining insights from Austrian, institutional and ordoliberal thinking. Nordbakken is also a board member of the foundation Liberalt forskningsinstitutt (Liberal Research Institute) and a business strategy consultant, and has for many years served on a senior executive level in the financial- and payment-services industry. He graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen in 1980. Lars Peder has been a member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 2010 and a frequent participant since 2008, and is chairing the Organizing Committee of the General Meeting in Oslo, Norway, September 1–5, 2020.
Tom G. Palmer is educated was a political theorist at St. John’s College in Annapolis, the Catholic University of America, and the University of Oxford. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, Practice, and History and has edited or contributed to a number of books.
His current interests include the political ideology of populism, the re-emergence of nationalist forms of illiberalism, many of which draw on or attempt to extend the fascist and national socialist thought of the last century, and the problems of building effective limited governments and keeping them limited. He has completed co-editing a volume on truth and governance for the Ethikon Institute and the Brookings Institution.
Palmer holds the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty at Atlas Network, a global network of over 500 think tanks in 100 countries, where he is also executive vice president for international program. He is a senior fellow and former vice president for international programs of the Cato Institute. He has worked with liberal organizations and thinkers internationally for several decades, which included smuggling books, photocopiers, and fax machines into the USSR and its satellite countries and working with classical liberal organizations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
Thomas Philippon is the Max L. Heine Professor of Finance at New York University, Stern School of Business. Philippon was named one of the “top 25 economists under 45” by the IMF in 2014. He has won the 2013 Bernácer Prize for Best European Economist under 40, the 2010 Michael Brennan & BlackRock Award, the 2009 Prize for Best Young French Economist, and the 2008 Brattle Prize for the best paper in Corporate Finance.
Philippon has studied various topics in macroeconomics and finance: systemic risk and financial crisis, the dynamics of corporate investment and household debt, financial innovation and financial regulation, Eurozone crisis. His recent book The Great Reversal (Harvard Press, 2019) focuses on the increasing market power of large firms.
He currently serves as an academic advisor to the Financial Stability Board and to the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary and Financial Research. He was previously an advisor to the New York Federal Reserve Bank, a board member of the French prudential regulatory authority from 2014 to 2019, and the senior economic advisor to the French finance minister in 2012-2013.
Philippon graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, received a PhD in Economics from MIT and joined New York University in 2003.
Dalibor Rohac is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies political economy of the European Union, a research associate at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels, and author of In Defense of Globalism (Rowman and Littlefield, October 2019). His previous book, Towards an Imperfect Union: A Conservative Case for the EU (Rowman and Littlefield), was included on Foreign Affairs magazine’s list of best books of 2016.
Rohac has written about European affairs for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and many other outlets and has appeared on news outlets including BBC, Bloomberg Television, Fox News, and Fox Business. He holds a PhD in political economy from King’s College London, master’s degrees from Oxford University and George Mason University, and an undergraduate degree in economics from Charles University in Prague.
Born in Milano, 1947. Jean Monnet Professor, ad personam Chair, in European Economic Integration at Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University (AYBU), Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Economics. He firstly obtained his JM Chair in 1997 at Brescia University (Italy).
At AYBU he delivers courses on Integration Theories, EU Policies and History of Economic Thought.
He has taught in various European and Latin American Universities.
His research work is focused on the EU integration and on the classical liberal thought.
He has published his research work in books and articles on various academic journals. On Luigi Einaudi he has published among other works: Luigi Einaudi, the Father of the ‘Fathers of Europe’, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2017 and Luigi Einaudi, the European Federation and the ECB’s Monetary Policy. Seen by Francesco Forte, International Advances in Economic Research, Vol. 23, 2017.
Member of the Mont Pelerin Society, American Economic Association, Rotary Club Ankara International and Ordine Nazionale dei Giornalisti, Roma.
Krassen Stanchev teaches Public Choice, Macroeconomic Analysis and Public Sector economics at Sofia University. He is also a Board Chairman, founder and former (1993-2006) Executive Director of the Institute for Market Economics in Sofia and a former member and committee chairman of the Constitutional Assembly of Bulgaria (1990-1991), one of the most quoted Bulgarian observers. He was a principle drafter and leader of reforms from central planning to market economy in Bulgaria, “new” Europe, the Balkans and former USSR.
He is a board member of Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a member of Mont Pelerin Society, and of the Network for Constitutional Economics and Social Philosophy (NOUS). For his research, consulting and other activities he has been, among others, awarded Best Country Analyst by EuroMoney (1996), and For Overall Contribution to Democracy and Reforms, by the Government of Bulgaria (in 2001)
Lars Svendsen is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bergen, Norway, and a Fellow at Civita. Among his publications are: A Philosophy of Boredom (2005), Fashion: A Philosophy (2006), A Philosophy of Fear (2008), Work (2008), A Philosophy of Evil (2010), A Philosophy of Freedom (2014), A Philosophy of Loneliness (2017) and Understanding Animals (2019). His books have been translated into 28 languages.
John B. Taylor is the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University and the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is widely recognized for path-breaking research in macroeconomics, monetary economics, and international economics. He served as senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1976 to 1977, as a member of the council from 1989 to 1991, and as undersecretary of the Treasury for international affairs from 2001 to 2005.
John Taylor is currently president of the Mont Pelerin Society and recently served on the Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance created by the G20. He received the Alexander Hamilton Award and the Treasury Distinguished Service Award at the US Treasury, and the Medal of the Republic of Uruguay for his work in resolving that nation’s 2002 financial crisis. His book Global Financial Warriors chronicles his policy innovations at the US Treasury.
He received the Truman Medal for Economic Policy for extraordinary policy contributions, the Bradley Prize for economic research and policy achievements, the Hayek Prize for his book First Principles, and Adam Smith Awards from the National Association for Business Economics and the Association of Private Enterprise Education. His most recent book is Reform of the International Monetary System. Taylor received Stanford’s Hoagland Prize and Rhodes Prize for excellence in undergraduate teaching and the Economics Department Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award. Taylor received a BA summa cum laude in economics from Princeton and a PhD in economics from Stanford.
Steven Teles is Professor of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University, and Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center. He is the author of The Captured Economy: How The Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth and Increase Inequality (With Brink Lindsey, Oxford 2017); Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration (With David Dagan, Oxford 2016), The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law (Princeton, 2008) and Whose Welfare: AFDC and Elite Politics (Kansas, 1996). He is also editor of Conservatism and American Political Development (With Brian Glenn, Oxford, 2009) and Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy: Comparing the US and UK (with Glenn Loury and Tariq Modood, Cambridge, 2005).
Teles has published widely in more popular outlets, from Democracy Journal, The Nation, and The American Prospect, to National Affairs, The Public Interest and National Review. He is currently working on a book, under contract with Oxford University Press (with Rob Saldin) on Republican opponents of President Donald Trump.
He received his PhD in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia in 1995, and his BA in political science from George Washington University in 1989.
Dr. Siri Terjesen is Professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and Professor 2 at the Norwegian School of Economics (Norges Handelshøyskole: NHH) in Bergen, Norway. Her research on entrepreneurship, corporate governance, and strategy has been published in over 75 refereed journal articles, 23 book chapters, 2 books, and 6 manuscript white papers. Her research is also featured in leading media including Bloomberg, US News & World Report, the Times, Huffington Post, and CNBC.
Dr. Terjesen is current associate editor of Small Business Economics, Industry & Innovation, and Beta, and a member of the editorial boards of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Corporate Governance: International Review. Dr. Terjesen is also an affiliated researcher with the Ratio Institute in Stockholm. She has received numerous teaching awards from both student organizations and national associations, most recently nominated as FAU’s College of Business most outstanding professor, and from American University’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life as Outstanding Faculty Member.
Siri received her undergraduate education at the University of Richmond, her Masters at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen, Norway, as a Fulbright Scholar, and PhD at Cranfield University in the UK. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Terjesen was a management consultant with Accenture, on projects in the US and Germany. Since 2016, she is a member of the board of directors at Strata, in Logan, Utah.
Viktor J. Vanberg is Professor Emeritus, University of Freiburg, Germany, and Senior Research Fellow of the Walter Eucken Institut, Freiburg, which he directed from 2001 to 2010. Before moving to Freiburg in 1995 to take the chair F.A. Hayek had held between 1962 and 1969 he served as Editorial Director of the Center for the Study of Public Choice and taught as Professor of Economics at George Mason University.
His publications include Rules and Choice in Economics (1994), The Constitutions of Markets – Essays in Political Economy (2001) and Individual Choice and Social Welfare (2019). He edited several volumes of the German edition of F.A. Hayek’s collected works and recently edited The Sensory Order and Other Writings on the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology for The Collected Works of F.A. Hayek (2017).
Isabella M. Weber (Ph.D. in Development Studies, University of Cambridge and Ph.D. in Economics, The New School for Social Research) is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Research Leader for China at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI). She was previously a Lecturer in Economics at Goldsmiths, University of London and a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University. Isabella is the author of the forthcoming book How China Escaped Shock Therapy: The Market Reform Debate and the principal investigator of the Economic and Social Research Council (UK)-funded research project “What drives specialization? A century of global export patterns.”
Her work combines economic theory, economic history and China studies to examine the interaction between economic thinking, policy and long-term structural patterns in periods of deep social transformation. Her research has been awarded the 2018 Warren Samuels Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in History of Economic Thought and the 2019 International Convention of Asia Scholars’ Ground-breaking Subject Matter Accolade. She has won among other scholarships the Vice Chancellor’s Award of the Cambridge Trust, the ERP Fellowship of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the China Prize Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation.
Lawrence H. White is Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Mercatus Center’s F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and a nonresident Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute. His latest books are The Clash of Economic Ideas (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and (as co-editor) Renewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution (Cato Institute, 2015). He is currently working on Better Money: Gold, Fiat, or Bitcoin? Best known for his work on market-based monetary systems, White is also author of Free Banking in Britain (Cambridge 1984; 2nd ed. IEA 1995), Competition and Currency (NYU 1989), and The Theory of Monetary Institutions (Blackwell 1999).
His research has appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, and other leading economics journals. His popular writings have appeared in The Wall St. Journal and elsewhere. He hosts bimonthly podcasts for Econ Journal Watch Audio, and blogs at Alt-M.org.
Adalbert Winkler holds a PhD in Finance from Trier University. After a career in microfinance consulting and central banking (European Central Bank, Deutsche Bundesbank), he joined Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in 2008, teaching courses in microfinance, development finance and growth, macroeconomics and monetary policy. His research interests include micro- and SME (entrepreneurial) finance, firm growth, financial stability and development as well as macroeconomics and monetary policy.
Publication outlets include peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing, the Journal of Banking & Finance, the Journal of Financial Stability and World Development. Adalbert has also been involved in research projects and cooperation with the European Investment Bank, Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (German Development Bank), the German Treasury and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation. In addition, he actively contributes to the debate on ECB monetary policy within Germany making use of outlets ranging from policy-oriented journals to newspapers, radio and TV commentaries and interviews.
Michael Wohlgemuth is an economist and Research Director at the Foundation for Economic Governance and Public Law (Stiftung für Ordnungspolitik und Staatsrecht) in Liechtenstein. He has an M.A. in economics from Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, a Ph.D. from Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, and a second Ph.D. from the Private University of Witten/Herdecke.
Michael has been Director of Open Europe Berlin, Professor of International Governance in the Law and Economics department at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, Managing Research Associate at the Walter Eucken Institute in Freiburg. He is professorial tutor in the postgraduate program “Social Market Economy” of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation; Associate Fellow at the Ratio Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and guest professor at the CEVRO Institute in Prague.
His major fields of research are in New Institutional Economics, Economic Theories of Politics (Public Choice Theory), Theories of economic systems, Evolutionary Economics, Social and Legal Philosophy and History of Ideas. These have applications mainly concerning European governance and integration, institutions and processes of democratic governance, globalisation and inter-jurisdictional competition, public opinion formation, political leadership and political reform.
Luigi Zingales is the Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the Booth School of Business. According to SSRN, he is the tenth most-cited author in the social sciences. His research on capitalism is summarized in two widely acclaimed books: Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists (2003, with Raghu Rajan) and A Capitalism for the People (2012). Zingales also co-hosts the podcast, Capitalisn’t.