PCPE 2008

Prague Conference on Political Economy

New Perspectives in Austrian Economics and Political Economy of Freedom
April 18-20, 2008

Handbooks with maps and useful information available here.

Memorial Lectures

The highlights of the PCPE are named lectures commemorating the heritage of two towering statures of economic science whose lives are bound with the city of Prague: Franz Cuhel and Friedrich Wieser.

Thomas DiLorenzo The Cuhel Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Thomas DiLorenzo (Loyola College in Maryland) DiLorenzo has authored at least ten books, including The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War; How Capitalism Saved America: The Untold History of Our Country, From the Pilgrims to the Present; and Lincoln Unmasked: What You're Not Supposed To Know about Dishonest Abe. He publishes in such journals as American Economic Review, Journal of Labor Research, Economic Inquiry, Southern Economic Journal, The Review of Austrian Economics, Public Finance Quarterly. Bruno Frey The Wieser Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Bruno Frey (University of Zurich). Frey is author of more than a dozen books and more than 350 articles in professional academic journals including the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Law and Economics.

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For those who did not participate yet in this conference and did not even get a chance to catch a glimpse of the event we prepared a short Promo movie, which is available here. Also you can view all our Memorial Lectures.


Prague Conference on Political Economy is an international and interdisciplinary gathering of scholars and supporters (not only) of the Austrian School of Economics and political economy of freedom.

During three days of the conference, participants will have an opportunity to participate in lectures and debates focusing on economics, history, philosophy and other humanities, and to discuss these issues with leading theorists in the field, both from Europe and overseas.

This conference is an attempt to resurrect the tradition of Austrian economics- and liberty-oriented thinking that thrived in central Europe at the beginning of the 20th century, but sadly disappeared thereafter. By establishing an annual forum for scholars and students to meet and exchange ideas it is hoped to build a solid institutional basis for the advancement of the Austrian research program.

The Conference is taking place in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. All lectures and proceedings are held at the University of Economics in Prague and at the Liberální institut.

As the organizers, we believe that this year's conference will bring many improvements and will keep up the good spirit of last year's event. We will do our best to succeed in this challenging task. As a matter of fact, the first improvement that we have already managed to accomplish is that the venue for this year's conference will be VSE's brand-new modern building, symbolically known as the "Paradise Building." We hope your participation will make the conference an even greater success! There are few places better suited for advancing Austrian economics than Prague. We hope you will join us once again!


doc. Josef Sima, Ph.D., Chairman of Economic Policy Department, Editorial Director at the Liberální Institut, president of PCPE (josef.sima (at) libinst.cz)

Martin Fronek, director of PCPE (fronek (at) libinst.cz)


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