Program

// SUNDAY ─ May 19, 2019

12:00pm ─ 9:00pm

Post Oak Foyer

Registration

12:00pm ─ 9:00pm

Post Oak & Bur Oak Foyers

Exhibits

2:00pm ─ 5:00pm

Treaty Oak

MPSTexas19 Organizing Committee Meetings

5:30pm ─ 7:00pm

Ballroom Foyer

Reception

7:00pm ─ 9:00pm

Grand Ballroom Foyer

Dinner

Dinner is sponsored by the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University

“TBA” – Doug Irwin, Dartmouth University

Panelists:

CHAIR / Ben Powell / Texas Tech University
Douglas Irwin / Dartmouth College

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// MONDAY ─ May 20, 2019

6:30am ─ 7:45am

Rio Grande

Atlas Network Breakfast

Assessing the Texas and Mexico Relationship – (Registration required)

Despite heated rhetoric by the political class, especially on issues of cross-border immigration, the relationship between the U.S. (Texas especially) and Mexico has benefits that far outweigh the costs. The Center for Latin America at Atlas Network is proud to host a breakfast discussion of economic and political realities that are too often obscured.

Panelists:

CHAIR / Roberto Salinas-León / Director, Center for Latin America, Atlas Network
Richard Alm / O’Neil Center
Pia Orrenius / Federal Reserve Bank

6:30am ─ 7:45am

Grand Ballroom Foyer

Continental Breakfast

7:00am ─ 7:00pm

Post Oak Foyer

Registration

7:00am ─ 7:00pm

Post Oak & Bur Oak Foyers

Exhibits

8:00am ─ 9:15am

Brazos I & II

Monetary Institutions and Policy in a Free Society

Should a free society have a central bank? If so, what kind of policy is most efficient and consistent with liberty?

CHAIR / Nicolas Cachanosky / Metropolitan State University Denver
Warren Coats / International Monetary Fund (Ret), Johns Hopkins University
Scott Sumner / George Mason University
John B. Taylor / Stanford University
Lawrence H. White / George Mason University

9:15am ─ 9:30am

Grand Ballroom Foyer

Coffee Break

9:30am ─ 10:45am

Brazos I & II

Immigration Policy in a Classical Liberal Polity

Does the nation state have the right to limit immigration? If so, what is the best immigration policy?

CHAIR / Roberto Salinas-León / Director, Center for Latin America, Atlas Network
Bryan Caplan / George Mason University
Wolfgang Kasper / University of New South Wales
Barbara Kolm / Austrian Economics Center
Alex Nowrasteh / Cato Institute

10:45am ─ 11:00am

Grand Ballroom Foyer

Coffee Break

11:00am ─ 12:15pm

Trinity

Breakout Session: Monetary Institutions and Policy in a Free Society

Join the panelists from the Monetary Institutions and Policy in a Free Society session for continuing discussion.

Panelists:

CHAIR / Kevin Grier / Texas Tech University

11:00am ─ 12:15pm

West Fork I

Breakout Session: Immigration

Join the panelists from the Immigration Policy in a Classical Liberal Polity session for continuing discussion.

Panelists:

CHAIR / TBA / . . .

11:00am ─ 12:15pm

West Fork II

Young Scholars Panel I: Development

Panelists:

CHAIR / TBA / . . .
Jamie Bologna Pavlik / Texas Tech University
“Political Corruption and Development in Brazil“
G.P. Manish / Troy University
“Capital Heterogeneity, Government Interventions and Redistribution: Implications for Growth and Inequality“
Malavika Nair / Troy University
“Technology, Transaction Costs, and Civil Society“
Colin O’Reilly / Creighton University
“Developing the Bottom Billion from the Bottom Up: Hayekian Insights into Informa Institutions and Economic Development“

11:00am ─ 12:15pm

Elm Fork I

Young Scholars Panel II: Governance

Panelists:

CHAIR / TBA / . . .
Eric Alston / University of Colorado Boulder
“Constitutions and Blockchains: Competitive Governance of Fundamental Rule Sets“
Stefanie Haeffele / Mercatus Center
“Self-governance and Social Justice“
Mark Lutter / Center for Innovative Governance Research
“Charter Cities and Governance Improvement“
Alexander Salter / Texas Tech University
“Evolution, Uncertainty, and the Asymptotic Efficiency of Policy“

11:00am ─ 12:15pm

Elm Fork II

Young Scholars Panel III: Gender, Inclusion, Transaction Costs & Happiness

Panelists:

CHAIR / TBA / . . .
Daniel Bennett / Baylor University
“Egalitarian Institutions, Cultural Norms & Economic Gender Inequality“
Jeremy Jackson / North Dakota State University
“A (Classically) Liberal Perspective on Happiness Research“
Ryan Murphy / Southern Methodist University
“Corporations as the Outgroup?“
Dima Yazji Shamoun / University of Texas Austin
“Transaction Costs Reconsidered“

12:30pm ─ 1:45pm

Rio Grande

Lunch

TBA

Panelists:

Peter Boettke / George Mason University

2:00pm ─ 3:15pm

Brazos I & II

Liberty in the Limit: How Small Should Government Get?

Can voluntary human action provide for the police, national defense, the administration of justice, and basic public goods that are traditionally considered the domain of government?

Panelists:

CHAIR / Jeffrey Rogers Hummel / San Jose State University
David Friedman / Santa Clara University
Randall G. Holcombe / Florida State University
Richard W. Rahn / Institute for Global Economic Growth
Edward P. Stringham / American Institute for Economic Research

3:15pm ─ 3:30pm

Grand Ballroom Foyer

Coffee Break

3:30pm ─ 4:45pm

Brazos I & II

What Should a Society Regulate?

How should a free society regulate sex, drugs, science, etc.? Should we attempt to centrally manage a classically liberal culture?

Panelists:

CHAIR / TBA / . . .
Ronald Bailey / Reason
Peter Jaworski / Georgetown University
James Leitzel / University of Chicago

5:00pm ─ 6:30pm

Grand Ballroom Foyer

Pub Hayek with Vernon Smith

Join us for drinks and casual conversation with Vernon Smith, 2002 recipient of the Nobel Prize in economics.

Special Exhibit: Adam Smith and the Scottish Enlightenment, courtesy of The Remnant Trust.

Vernon L. Smith / Chapman University

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// TUESDAY ─ May 21, 2019

6:30am ─ 7:45am

Rio Grande

Chapman University Breakfast

Vienna and Chicago, Friends or Foes? Conflicts Between Two Schools of Free-Market Markets, Plus My Friendly Fights with Milton Friedman. (Registration required.)

Join Chapman University professors Mark Skousen and Vernon Smith for a lively discussion about the Chicago and Austrian schools of economics.

Panelists:

CHAIR / Mark Skousen / Chapman University in California
Vernon L. Smith / Chapman University

6:30am ─ 7:45am

Grand Ballroom Foyer

Continental Breakfast

7:00am ─ 7:00pm

Post Oak Foyer

Registration

7:00am ─ 7:00pm

Post Oak & Bur Oak Foyers

Exhibits

8:00am ─ 9:15am

Brazos I & II

Policing and Foreign Policy

Criminals and hostile foreign nations are threats to liberty, but so is the nation state. Do police protect or impinge on our liberties? Is an aggressive foreign policy consistent with liberty or not?

Panelists:

CHAIR / TBA / . . .
Jonathan Blanks / Cato Institute
David R. Henderson / Hoover Institution
Timothy Kane / Hoover Institution
Heather MacDonald / Manhattan Institute

9:15am ─ 9:30am

Grand Ballroom Foyer

Coffee Break

9:30am ─ 10:45am

Brazos I & II

What Welfare Policies Should a Free Society Have?

Should a free society have social welfare policy? If so, how should it be organized? Is the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) something we should consider?

Panelists:

CHAIR / TBA / . . .
Bryan Caplan / George Mason University
Robert Doar / American Enterprise Institute
Michael Munger / Duke University
Matthew Zowlinski / University of San Diego

10:45am ─ 11:00am

Grand Ballroom Foyer

Coffee Break

11:00am ─ 12:15pm

Trinity

Breakout Session: Police & Foreign Policy

Join the panelists from the Policing and Foreign Policy session for continuing discussion.

CHAIR / TBA / . . .

11:00am ─ 12:15pm

West Fork I

Breakout Session: What Welfare Policies Should a Free Society Have?

Join the panelists from the What Welfare Policies Should a Free Society Have? session for continuing discussion.

CHAIR / TBA / . . .

11:00am ─ 12:15pm

West Fork II

Breakout Session: Liberty in the Limit: Liberty in the Limit: How Small Should Government Get?

Join the panelists from the Liberty in the Limit session for continuing discussion.

CHAIR / Jeffrey Rogers Hummel / San Jose State University

11:00am ─ 12:15pm

Elm Fork I

Breakout Session: What Should a Free Society Regulate?

Join the panelists from the What Should a Free Society Regulate session for continuing discussion.

CHAIR / TBA / . . .

11:00am ─ 12:15pm

Elm Fork II

Young Scholars Panel IV: Public Choice

Panelists:

CHAIR / TBA / . . .
Robert Gmeiner / Florida State University
“Property Rights as Constitutional Constraints for the Tech Giants“
Jeremy Horpedahl / University of Central Arkansas
“Social Democracy and Economic Freedom“
Phillip Magness / American Institute for Economic Research
“The Anti-Discriminatory Tradition in Public Choice Theory“
Daniel Smith / Middle Tennessee State University
“Committee Rotation“

12:30pm ─ 1:45pm

Rio Grande

Lunch

TBA

Jason Brennan / Georgetown University

2:00pm ─ 3:15pm

Brazos I & II

Religion and Freedom

Does religion support liberty or is it a threat? Are some religions more consistent with liberty than others?

Panelists:

CHAIR / TBA / . . .
Mustafa Akyol / Cato Institute
Yaron Brook / Ayn Rand Institute
Andrew D. Graham / First Liberty Institute
David Rose / University of Missouri - St. Louis

3:15pm ─ 3:30pm

Grand Ballroom Foyer

Coffee Break

3:30pm ─ 4:45pm

Trinity

Breakout Session: Religion and Freedom

Join the panelists from the Religion & Freedom session for continuing discussion.

CHAIR / Tony Gill / University of Washington

3:30pm ─ 4:45pm

West Fork I

Young Scholars Panel V: Interventionism

Panelists:

CHAIR / TBA / . . .
Dave Hebert / Aquinas College
“Swimming with Bowling Shoes – Fiscal Failure, Bureaucratic Failure, and Systematic Failure“
Thomas Hogan / Rice University
“Bank Lending and Interest on Excess Reserves“
Patrick Newman / Florida Southern College
“The Big Meat: The Beef Trust and the 1906 Meat Inspection Act“
Audrey Redford / Western Carolina University
“Unrolling Interventionism: The Dynamics of Scaling-Back Prohibition“

3:30pm ─ 4:45pm

West Fork II

Young Scholars Panel VI: Defense and Foreign Policy

Panelists:

CHAIR / TBA / . . .
Thomas Duncan / Radford University
“The True Cost of Surveillance: An Opportunity Cost Approach“
Julia Norgaard / Pepperdine University
“The Decline of the Court Martial“
Dalibor Rohac / American Enterprise Institute
“Polycentrism, Sovereignty, and International Cooperation“

3:30pm ─ 4:45pm

Elm Fork I

Young Scholars Panel VII: Immigration

Panelists:

CHAIR / TBA / . . .
Pailo Belardinelli / Bocconi University
“Immigration Policy in the Lab“
Slobodan Franeta / The Lucha Institute
“The Problem of Immigration: The Myth or Reality“

3:30pm ─ 4:45pm

Elm Fork II

Young Scholars Panel VIII: Experiments and Religion

Panelists:

CHAIR / TBA / . . .
Jason Aimone / Baylor University
“The Innocence Problem: An Experimental Laboratory Study of the Impact on Economic Decisions and Outcomes of False Accusations and Convictions in the Criminal Justice System“
Gregory Collins / Yale University
“The Restlessness Between Hayek and Burke: Commerce, Religion, and the Growth of Civil Order“
Lucas Freire / Mackenzie Presbyterian University
“A Christian View of Limited Government, Community and the Market Economy“
Conor Lennon / University of Louisville
“Minimum Wages, Morality, and Efficiency: A Choice Experiment“

5:00pm ─ 6:30pm

Grand Ballroom Foyer

Heritage Foundation Happy Hour

Special Exhibit: The American Founding by The Harlon Crow Library


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// WEDNESDAY ─ May 22, 2019

7:15am ─ 8:30am

Rio Grande

Texas Public Policy Foundation Breakfast

Texas vs. California—Comparing America’s Two Most Consequential States ─ Registration required

Between them, California and Texas are home to 1 in 5 Americans and, while are they both minority-majority states, their governance and outcomes diverge significantly. California features among the nation’s highest taxes, a generous safety net, and a heavy regulatory burden—it also has, paradoxically, the nation’s highest Supplemental Poverty rate. Critics call Texas a low-tax, low-services state, yet its Supplemental Poverty rate hovers at the national average while growing jobs at a pace far above the national average. Join former California State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore for a discussion on the differences and similarities of the two most-populous states in the nation.

Panelists:

CHAIR / Chuck DeVore / Texas Public Policy Foundation

7:15am ─ 8:30am

Grand Ballroom Foyer

Continental Breakfast

7:00am ─ 7:00pm

Post Oak Foyer

Registration

7:00am ─ 7:00pm

Post Oak & Bur Oak Foyers

Exhibits

9:00am ─ 4:30pm

Excursion

Itinerary: AT&T Stadium Tour; Lunch at AT&T Stadium; The JFK/Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

5:30pm ─ 7:00pm

Terrace

Reception

7:00pm ─ 9:00pm

Grand Ballroom Foyer

Dinner

Dinner is sponsored by the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at the SMU Cox School of Business.

“TBA” – John B. Taylor, Stanford University

Panelists:

CHAIR / Robert Lawson / Southern Methodist University
John B. Taylor / Stanford University