Entering a conversation

NOUS fosters a critical scholarly exchange, bridging the gap between the disciplines, persuasions and generations. The network counts a large number of academics, but also research institutes, foundations and other organizations.

Prof. Paul Dragos Aligica, Ph.D.

Paul Dragos Aligica (*1966) is a senior research fellow at the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University where he teaches in the graduate program of the economics department. His areas of expertise include institutional theory, public choice, governance theory, social philosophy and alternative economic systems. He received his PhD in political science from Indiana University at Bloomington. An important part of his work has been dedicated to the research agenda developing at the interface between the Public Choice Institutionalism of the Bloomington School, Austrian Political Economy and Constitutional Economics.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Apolte

Thomas Apolte (*1960) has been professor of economics since the year 2000. He holds the chair of Political Economy at the Center for Interdisciplinary Economics at Münster university, Germany. His main research interests are Public Choice, Constitutional Economics and Conflict Economics. His work is located at the intersection between economics and political theory.

Prof. Dr. Niclas Berggren

Niclas Berggren (*1968) is an associate professor of economics. He is a researcher and director of the research program “The Economics of Institutions and Culture” at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) in Stockholm, Sweden, as well as a researcher and teacher at the Department of Institutional, Environmental and Experimental Economics (KIE) at the University of Economics in Prague, Czechia. He is one of the editors of the journal of the Swedish Economic Association, Ekonomisk Debatt. His research interests include institutional economics and public choice; trust, tolerance and religion; and the role of beauty in politics.

Prof. Peter J. Boettke, Ph.D.

Peter J. Boettke (*1960) is professor of economics and philosophy at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia, USA, and president of the Mont Pèlerin Society. Among various activities, he leads a weekly workshop there on philosophy, politics and economics. He is also the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism and Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at GMU’s Mercatus Center. Peter J. Boettke is co-founder of the Cambridge Series in Economics, Cognition & Society. His research concentrates on the fields of market process theory, comparative political economy, the history of economic thought, methodology, Austrian Economics and Institutional Economics.

Dr. Daniel Brühlmeier

Daniel Brühlmeier (*1951) teaches political science at the University of Bern. He studied philosophy, history of ideas and French literature (Lettres) at the University of Geneva and economics and social sciences at the University of St. Gall, obtaining a Ph.D. degree with a dissertation on Adam Smith’s theory of jurisprudence. Beside teaching and research in St. Gall and Zurich, he worked for more than 20 years as a counsellor for the Zurich cantonal government. His focus in teaching and research is on political theory and the history of ideas, the theory of democracy and administration..

Prof. Michael Burda, Ph.D.

Michael Burda (*1959) has been holding the chair for Economic Theory II (Macroeconomics) at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, since 1993. He studied at Harvard University, earning his Ph.D. degree under the guidance of Jeffrey Sachs and Olivier Blanchard. His research interests are located in the areas of Labor Economics, Macroeconomics and European Integration. He is a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London, and at Institut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA), Bonn.

Prof. Bruce Caldwell, Ph.D.

Bruce Caldwell (*1952) is research professor of economics and director of the Center for the History of Political Economy (“HOPE”) at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA. His research interest focuses on the history of economic thought, especially Austrian Economics, as well as methodology. Since 2002 he has been the General Editor of the “Collected Works of F.A. Hayek”. Caldwell is a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.

Dr. Susanne Cassel

Susanne Cassel (*1969) has worked for the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy since 2001. In 2012 she became head of section within the department for energy policy since 2012. She also teaches at the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) of Düsseldorf university, Germany. She is the Co-Chair of ECONWATCH – Gesellschaft für Politikanalyse e.V. Her research interests concentrate on academic policy advice, while her day-to-day professional focus is on political economy and economic policy.

Prof. Dr. Nikolas G. Charitakis

Nikolas G. Charitakis (*1949) was formerly a professor in the economics department at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His areas of expertise are industrial organization, the theory of institutions, and Law & Economics. From 1980 until 2017, he also served in numerous administrative positions: as an economic advisor for the Federation of Greek Industries, as the Secretary General for privatization and deregulation at the Greek Ministry of Industry, Research and Technology, as a CEO in public companies and as a councillor for various firms and associations.

Prof. Dr. Patricia Commun

Patricia Commun (*1960) is a professor for German economic culture at the University of Cergy-Pontoise/Paris-Seine. Her focus of research is the history of liberal thought and 20th century German economic history. She is a member of the Wilhelm Röpke Institut and of the Aktionsgemeinschaft Soziale Marktwirtschaft.

Dr. Crystal Cordell

Crystal Cordell (*1979) is research associate at the Centre d’Etudes Sociologiques et Politiques Raymond Aron (CESPRA) of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France. Her research interests span the fields of ancient Greek philosophy, rhetoric and political discourse, European politics, emotions in politics, applied ethics, and libertarian feminism. Parallel to her research activities, Crystal Cordell teaches at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques – Sciences Po Paris, the University of Nice – Sophia Antipolis and Skema Business School.

Prof. Aurelian Craiutu, Ph.D.

Aurelian Craiutu (*1966) is a professor of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he also directs the Tocqueville Program. A native of Romania, he graduated from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest before pursuing postgraduate studies in the history of economics at the University of Rennes I. He earned his Ph.D. in political theory from Princeton in 1999 with a dissertation on the group of the so-called French Doctrinaires. He has published extensively in the field of modern French political thought.

Prof. Daniel D’Amico, Ph.D.

Daniel D’Amico (*1982) is a lecturer in economics and the Associate Director of the Political Theory Project at Brown University where he teaches and coordinates student programs dedicated to the study of institutions and ideas that make societies free, prosperous, and fair. Before beginning at Brown University in 2015, he was Associate Professor of economics at Loyola University New Orleans. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. His current research is focused upon the political economy of punishment and incarceration throughout history and around the world.

Erwin Dekker, Ph.D.

Erwin Dekker (*1984) is assistant professor in cultural economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and has been a post-doctoral fellow at the Economics Department of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. He has recently published “The Viennese students of Civilization” (2016) with Cambridge University Press. His research focuses on every area where art and culture meet economics. He has published in the fields of cultural economics, economic methodology and intellectual history, and he is currently working on the moral frameworks which sustain markets as well as an intellectual biography of Jan Tinbergen. Previously he has worked as lecturer at the European Studies department at the University of Amsterdam, where he specialized in political economy.

Prof. Ross B. Emmett, Ph.D.

Ross B. Emmett (*1957) is director of the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty and professor of political economy in the School for Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, Arizona State University. A historian of classical liberal economics, his work is concerned with the constitutional political economy of a free society and the enhancement of the bourgeois virtues that support it.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Lars Feld

Lars P. Feld (*1966) has held the chair for economic policy and Constitutional Economics at Freiburg university, Germany, since 2010 and is the current director of the Walter Eucken Institut. His research focuses on economic and fiscal policies, the emerging field of New Political Economy, and the economic analysis of law. Since 2003, Lars P. Feld has been a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors to the Federal Ministry of Finance in Germany. In March 2011, he was appointed to the German Council of Economic Experts at the recommendation of the federal government.

Dr. Andrea Franc

Andrea Franc (*1977) is an economic historian at the History Department of the University of Basel. She did her PhD at the University of Geneva and was an academic visitor in Oxford, New York and Legon (Ghana). She works on North-South trade and the history of economic thought. She just finished her second book on the role of developmental NGOs advancing agricultural protectionism during the 1970s. Her research on neoliberal networks in Switzerland is being published in 2018.  From 2007 to 2012, she worked as an editor for the “Historical Dictionary of Switzerland” in Bern.

Prof. Dr. Nils Goldschmidt

Nils Goldschmidt (*1970) holds the chair for contextual economics and economic education at Siegen university, Germany. He is director of the Center for Economic Education in Siegen (Zöbis) and chairs the Aktionsgemeinschaft Soziale Marktwirtschaft (ASM). His main research interests are constitutional economics, social policy, economic education and ethics as well as the history and methodology of economic thought. Nils Goldschmidt is a member of the board of the Wilhelm-Röpke-Institut, affiliated fellow of the Walter Eucken Institut and Member of the advisory board of the Roman Herzog Institut.

Prof. Dr. Harald Hagemann

Harald Hagemann (*1947) is professor emeritus for economic theory at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, and life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, UK. In his research, he focuses on growth, structural change, the employment effects of technological progress, the history of modern macroeconomics as well as the emigration of German-speaking scholars after 1933. He is Honorary Past President of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought and, since 2013, President of the Keynes-Gesellschaft. In 1999/2000, he was Theodor Heuss Professor at the New School for Social Research in New York.

Dr. Karen Horn

Karen Horn (*1966) teaches the history of economic thought at several universities – Humboldt University in Berlin, Erfurt and Siegen, Germany. She serves as a tutor on behalf of the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit. She works as a co-editor and head of pre-print production of “Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik”, one of the two academic journals of the Verein für Socialpolitik, the association of German-speaking economists. As an author, her columns, analyses and comments can be found regularly in the press, in newspapers, magazines and online services.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Hotopp

Ulrike Hotopp (*1966) is the director of LIVE Economics ltd. in London and an honorary professor at the University of Kent, where she teaches economic policy. Earlier, she was the chief economist at the economic research institute and advisory firm Simetrica in London and spent 16 years in the UK Government Economic Service. She is a specialist in policy evaluation, particularly in fields such as environment, energy, labour markets, health etc. She is a member of the advisory Board at the School for Business and Management at Queen Mary University, London, and a member of the advisory council of the UK Evaluation Society.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Otmar Issing

Otmar Issing (*1936) has been president of the Center for Financial Studies in Frankfurt, Germany, since 2006. Between June 1998 and May 2006, he was a member of the executive board of the European Central Bank, responsible for the directorates General Economics and Research. Until May 1998 he was a member of the board of the Deutsche Bundesbank with a seat in the Central Bank Council. He was a member of the German Council of Economic Experts between 1988 and 1990.

Prof. Dr. Nils Karlson

Nils Karlson (*1958) teaches as an Associate Professor (docent) at Uppsala University, Sweden, in the Department of Politics. He is also Founding President and CEO of the Ratio Institute, a private research institute in Stockholm. With a background both in political science and in economics, he takes particular interest in the interaction between politics and markets within the context of the modern welfare state. He also works in the fields of institutional economics, public choice and constitutional political economy.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kerber

Wolfgang Kerber (*1958) has been professor for economic policy at Marburg university, Germany, since 1997. His main research areas are competition policy, innovation, Law and Economics, Evolutionary Economics as well as European integration. His current research focuses on how innovation can be taken into account in competition policy, on problems connected with the digital economy (competition, consumer and data protection, intellectual property) and multi-level legal systems. One of his mains endeavors is the cooperation with legal scholars.

Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Klausinger

Hansjörg Klausinger (*1953) teaches as an extraordinary professor at the economics department of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria. His main research area is the history of economic thought in the 20th century, especially the Austrian School of Economics. Supported by research fellowships at Harvard University (2001/2) and Duke University (2008), he has recently published extensively about Friedrich Hayek’s life and work.

Prof. Daniel Klein, Ph.D.

Daniel Klein (*1962) is professor of economics and JIN Chair at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA, where he leads a program in Adam Smith. His research interests include moral philosophy, political theory, political psychology, and the history and development of liberalism. He is chief editor of Econ Journal Watch and author of Knowledge and Coordination: A Liberal Interpretation (2012).

Dr. Ekkehard A. Köhler

Ekkehard A. Köhler (*1979) is managing research assistant at the Walter Eucken Institut in Freiburg, Germany. His main areas of research are empirical economics, macroeconomics and the history of economic thought. Currently, he analyses the implications of field experiments in Behavioral Economics as well as the effects on growth and competitiveness of the reforms in countries participating in the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) programs. Apart from that, he works on the econometric modelling of sustainable public finance.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kolev

Stefan Kolev (*1981) has been professor of economic policy at the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau, Germany, since 2012. He is deputy director of the Wilhelm-Röpke-Institut. His research centers on the history of economic thought, Constitutional Economics, Austrian Economics and the economic history of former centrally planned economies. He is a research fellow at the Hamburgisches WeltWirtschaftsinstitut (HWWI). He is also a tutor and member of the selection jury for scholarships of the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit. From September 2016 to February 2017, he is working at the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University, USA.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Harald Kunz

Harald Kunz (*1944) formerly held the chair of microeconomics II at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, Germany. He mainly works in the fields of Constitutional Economics and economic policy, Evolutionary Economics and the economic analysis of law. He has spent almost two decades (1991-2009) teaching at various universities in Georgia, Lithuania, Russia and China.

Prof. Dr. Martin Leschke

Martin Leschke (*1962) holds the chair of Institutional Economics at Bayreuth university, Germany. He researches in the fields of Constitutional Economics, Institutional Economics as well as economic and monetary policy. Between 2000 and 2007, he was member of the European Central Bank’s observer team. He is a member of the committee for economic systems and Institutional Economics at the Verein für Socialpolitik and serves as a managing co-editor of the ORDO yearbook, a yearbook of publications in constitutional economics.

Prof. David M. Levy, Ph.D.

David M. Levy (*1944) is a professor of economics at the Center for Study of Public Choice of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. His focus is on econometrics and history of economic thought, where he has published on a wide array of subjects. Much of his work on the concept of “analytical egalitarianism” is co-authored with Sandra J. Peart, jointly with whom he also initiated and directs the Summer Institute for the History of Economic Thought. He was a member of the committee on professional ethics of the American Statistical Association.  In 2012 he was appointed Distinguished Fellow of the History of Economics Society.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Lütge

Christoph Lütge (*1969) holds the Peter Löscher chair of Business Ethics, newly founded in 2010, at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. His research interests are located in the fields of economic ethics and business ethics, general ethics, political philosophy, CSR, and the ethics of digitalization.

Charles Robert McCann, Jr., Ph.D.

Charles Robert McCann, Jr. (*1956) is a research associate in the department of economics at the University of Pittsburgh. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University (BA, Political Science; BS, Economics) and the University of Pittsburgh (MA, Ph.D., Economics), his research interests are in the areas of the history of economic thought, economic history, Austrian economics, and political and economic philosophy.

Prof. Dr. Florian Möslein

Florian Möslein (*1971) is professor of civil law as well as German and European business law and director of the Institute for Commercial and Business Law at the Philipps University Marburg, Germany. Apart from that, he is Schumpeter Fellow at the VolkswagenStiftung, associated member of the Munich Center on Governance and member of the Young Center. He mainly deals with issues of private-law rule-making, the tensions between entrepreneurial innovation and the legal framework, as well as the effets of digitalization on company law.

Dr. Arash Molavi Vasséi

Arash Molavi Vasséi (*1978) is a postdoctoral research associate at the chair for economic policy at the Institute for Economics of Hohenheim university, Germany. He leads and coordinates a project within the “Humboldt reloaded” teaching excellence program at Hohenheim university funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research. He researches in the fields of international macroeconomics, capital theory (the theory of intertemporal decision-making), monetary macroeconomics (especially central banking techniques), sovereign debt and the history of economic thought.

Prof. Dr. Christian Müller

Christian Müller (*1967) has been a professor of economics and economic education at the University of Münster since 2008. In his research, his focus is on economic education, constitutional economics (“Ordnungsökonomik“) as well as economic and business ethics. He presides the Society for the Promotion of Economics and Ethics (GWE). He also serves as the editor-in-chief of JoME – Journal for Markets and Ethics and as managing editor of the academic journal ORDO – Jahrbuch für die Ordnung von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft.

Dr. Julian F. Müller

Julian F. Müller (*1983) is a postdoctoral research associate at the Political Theory Project at Brown University, USA, and a permanent Research fellow at the Peter Löscher Chair of Business Ethics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. His research interest resides at the intersection of political philosophy and economics. Currently he is working on the question of how cooperation can be made possible given bounded rationality, limited empathy and deep evaluative and instrumental disagreement. Additionally, he also looks at questions of applied ethics. He has also published on education policy and migration.

Prof. Michael Munger, Ph.D.

Michael Munger (*1958) is professor of political science and economics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA. He directs the interdisciplinary Duke PPE program. His research interests focus on the problem of “euvoluntary” exchange, and on the implications of the new “sharing economy”. Since 2011 he has been a co-editor of the Independent Review, and is a Research Fellow of the Independent Institute in Oakland, California.

Prof. Dr. Bernd Noll

Bernd Noll (*1954) has been working at Hochschule Pforzheim since 1989. He is a professor for economics and economic ethics. He teaches microeconomics, corporate governance, business ethics and economic ethics. In his research, he deals with the history of economic ethics, with the constitutional ethics and business ethics as well as with crimes in business. Since 2008, he has served as a liaison professor for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty.

Dr. Matthias Oppermann

Matthias Oppermann (*1974) is a postdoctoral research associate at the Chair for 19th and 20th Century History at the Historical Institute of Potsdam University, Germany. During the winter semester 2016/17, he was a stand-in professor at the Historical Institute of Bonn University. His research focuses on the History of Political Thought, the History of Intellectuals, International History, French Contempary History, British 19th Century History and the History of Totalitarism and Political Religions.

Prof. Maria Pia Paganelli, Ph.D.

Maria Pia Paganelli (*1972) is an associate professor of economics at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She works on Adam Smith, David Hume, 18th century monetary theories, and the links between the Scottish Enlightenment and behavioral economics. She has co-edited the Oxford Handbook on Adam Smith, served as the Vice President of the History of Economics Society and is the book review editor for the Journal of the History of Economic Thought.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer

Tom G. Palmer (*1956) is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., USA, and executive vice president for international programs for the global Atlas Network of liberal think tanks. He serves as the director of the Cato University. His scholarly interest covers everything related to the idea of liberty. Currently, he is working on a book on authoritarian populist challenges to liberty. He received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

Prof. Sandra Peart, Ph.D.

Sandra Peart (*1959) is a historian of economics who serves as dean of the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies. She is President of the International Adam Smith Society and a past President of the History of Economics Society, where she began the Young Scholars Program. Her research concerns the areas of constitutional political economy, leadership in experimental settings, ethics and economics, as well as 19th and 20th century economic thought. In the Collected Works of F.A. Hayek, she has edited the volume “Hayek on Mill: The Mill-Taylor Friendship and Related Writings” (2015).

Prof. Dr. Mark Pennington

Mark Pennington (*1970) is professor of political economy and public policy in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College, University of London, UK, where he is currently head of department. His research interests lie at the intersection of politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) and in particular the implications of the “robust political economy” framework for both economic and ethical analysis. Mark Pennington has written widely on the political economy of environmental regulation and on contemporary democratic theory. He is a managing trustee of the Institute of Economic Affairs, London.

Dr. Reinhard Penz

Reinhard Penz (*1963) works at the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. As a lecturer, he teaches seminars on institutional theory, administrative sciences, and social, economic, and labour market policy (for example at the University of Erfurt). His academic work deals with the theory and practice of labor market policy and institutional change in the administrative sphere. After having completed his doctoral thesis on the theory of institutional governance at the University of Witten/Herdecke, he conducted research on paradigmatic institutional reforms at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin and Hertie School of Governance.

Prof. Dr. Athanassios Pitsoulis

Athanassios Pitsoulis (*1973) holds the chair for economics and didactics at Hildesheim university, Germany. His research areas are political economy, Institutional Economics, economic history and economic didactics. As an interdisciplinary economist, he strives to promote economic education for the general public and at school.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Riedl

Matthias Riedl (*1970) directs the Department of History at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. His research interests concentrate on the history of ideas, especially at the intersection of religious and political thought. At the Central European University, he has recently co-founded the Advanced Certificate Program in Political Thought, an interdisciplinary graduate program in the History of Political Thought.

Prof. Dr. Dirk Sauerland

Dirk Sauerland (*1964) has held the chair of Institutional Economics and health policy at Witten/Herdecke university, Germany, since 2008 and also directs the interdisciplinary Dr. Hartmut Krafft Center for Economics and Health. In teaching, he is responsible for the B.A. program in philosophy, politics and economics. In research, he deals with possible ways to develop the concept of the social market economy, with a sustainable way of funding for the German health care system as well as with strategies aiming to secure the quality of medical services.

Prof. Dr. Christoph A. Schaltegger

Christoph A. Schaltegger (*1972) is the founding dean of the Department of Economics and Management at Lucerne university, Switzerland. He also serves as a director of the Institute of Public Finance, Fiscal Law and Law and Economics (IFF) at St Gallen university. Christoph Schaltegger is a member of the board of the Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES) and President of the Council for fiscal grants in the canton of Zurich. His research focus lies within the areas of public finance and political economy.

Scott Scheall, Ph.D.

Scott Scheall (*1974) is lecturer and director of graduate studies in the Integrative Social Sciences program at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the nexus between philosophy of science, political philosophy, and the history of economic thought, in particular, the implications of these fields for the problems of political epistemology. He is a former research fellow with Duke University’s Center for the History of Political Economy and a former postdoctoral fellow with the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at George Mason University. He is co-editor of the series Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology.

Prof. Dr. Michael Schefczyk

Michael Schefczyk (*1967) has been professor of practical philosophy at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) since 2015 where he currently also serves as dean of the department for humanities and social sciences. Before, he held a chair for practical philosophy at Leuphana University at Lüneburg. Until 2017, he also taught at Zurich University. His research ranges from the question of the legitimity of redistribution and the problem of historical injustice to the works of John Stuart Mill. He studied philosophy, public law, political science and economics. He serves as the editor-in-chief of the magazine Moral Philosophy and Politics.

Prof. Dr. Jan Schnellenbach

Jan Schnellenbach (*1973) has held the microeconomics chair at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, Germany, since 2014 and also serves as a research associate of the Walter Eucken Institut. His research deals with the implications of insights from behavioral economics for the theory of economic policy and also with the theory of fiscal federalism, including with regard to the European Union. At the Verein für Socialpolitik, Jan Schnellenbach is a member of the committees for economic policy, public finance and Evolutionary Economics. He regularly writes contributions for the economic blog “Wirtschaftliche Freiheit”.

Prof. Eric Schliesser, Ph.D.

Eric Schliesser (*1971) has been holding the chair in political theory in the political science department at the University of Amsterdam since 2015. He is a trained philosopher, with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (2002). He has had appointments at Wesleyan University, Washington University in St. Louis, Syracuse University, Leiden University, and Ghent University. His research deals with a wide variety of themes ranging from economic statistics in classical Babylon, the history of the natural sciences, and forgotten 18th-century feminists to political theory, including its history, and the assumptions used in mathematical economics. He blogs almost daily at Digressionsnimpressions.

Prof. Dr. Hans Jürgen Schlösser

Hans Jürgen Schlösser (*1952) holds the chair for Economics and Economics Education at Siegen university, Germany, and is executive spokesman of the Center for economic education at Siegen university (Zöbis). His research mainly concerns innovative approaches in economics education, economic policy, education and economics, images of man and models of action in economics. Hans Jürgen Schlösser has been Chairman of the European Association of Economics Education (EAEE) since 2011.

Prof. Dr. Christian Schubert

Christian Schubert (*1971) is professor of economics at the German University in Cairo. His current research interests lie at the intersection of economics and (political) philosophy. He is particularly interested in the positive and normative implications of behavioural economics, as well as the potential tensions between psychologically informed policy-making and liberalism. Jointly with Jan Schnellenbach, he is writing a book on “Behavioural Political Economy”, to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. After studying economics and philosophy in Osnabrück and Lausanne, he earned his PhD in economics at Jena University in 2003.

Dr. Reinhard Schumacher

Reinhard Schumacher (*1984) is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Potsdam, Germany. He was conferred a doctorate in economics in 2016. He has been a research fellow at the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University in 2014. His work focuses on the history of economics, especially the history of trade theory, Scottish Enlightenment, and early Austrian Economics.

Prof. David Skarbek, Ph.D.

David Skarbek (*1982) is associate professor of political science at Brown University, Providence, RI. His research uses analytical narratives to understand how extralegal governance institutions form, operate, and evolve. He has published extensively on the informal institutions that govern life in prisons in California and around the globe. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2010.

Prof. Emily Skarbek, Ph.D.

Emily Skarbek (*1981) is an assistant professor of political theory, doing research in the political theory project at Brown University. Before, Emily was an assistant professor of economics at San Jose State University, a fellow at the Center for History of Political Economy at Duke University, and a tenured faculty member in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London. In her research, she examines governance and voluntary associations’ role in solving complex problems after natural disasters. In her empirical work, she uses a range of data from archives, historical sources, and field-work. She is also interested in the history of economic thought.

Prof. Dr. Charlotta Stern

Charlotta Stern (*1967) is an associate professor of sociology at Stockholm University (Sweden). She is an affiliated researcher at the Ratio institute, a private research institute in Stockholm. Her main research interest is in labor markets and organizations, human resources, social stratification, and social networks.

Prof. Dr. Richard Sturn

Richard Sturn (*1956) is the Joseph A. Schumpeter Professor at the department for business, economics and social science of Graz university, Austria. There he directs both the Institute of Public Economics and the Graz Schumpeter Centre. He currently serves as the managing editor of the European Journal of the History of Economic Thought and of the Jahrbuch für normative und institutionelle Grundlagen der Ökonomik. His research centers on the areas of public institutions, political economy, the history of economic thought and transformation processes.

Prof. Diana W. Thomas, Ph.D.

Diana W. Thomas (*1981) is an associate professor of economics and director of the Institute for Economic Inquiry at the Heider College of Business at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She teaches microeconomics and Public Choice. In her research, she explores the unintended consequences of regulation and the role political entrepreneurs play in changing the rules that govern society. A German native, she earned her diploma in business administration from Fachhochschule Aachen and her BS in finance from George Mason University. After gaining experience as a junior portfolio manager at a mutual fund management company in Frankfurt, Germany, she returned to George Mason University to complete her MA and PhD in economics.

Prof. Michael D. Thomas, Ph.D.

Michael D. Thomas (*1978) is an assistant professor of economics at the Heider College of Business at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and director of student programs with its Institute for Economic Inquiry. He teaches microeconomics, public finance, and the history of political economy. In his research, he focuses on local public finance as well as issues such as the regressive effects of tax policy. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and an MA in economics from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. He completed his PhD in economics at George Mason University in 2009.

Prof. Georg Vanberg, Ph.D.

Georg Vanberg (*1971) is professor and chair of the department of political science at Duke University, Durham, USA. He is the current president of the Public Choice Society (2016-18), and served as political science editor for the journal “Public Choice” from 2011-2016. His research interests revolve around the role and impact of political institutions, primarily in the areas of constitutional and judicial politics, as well as in coalition theory and parliamentary governance.

Prof. Dr. Viktor J. Vanberg

Viktor J. Vanberg (*1943) is professor emeritus of Freiburg university, Germany and member of the board of the Walter Eucken Institut. His academic training was in sociology. From 1984 to 1995, he worked as a professor of economics at the Center for the Study of Public Choice, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, and from 1995 to 2009 was professor of economic policy at Freiburg university. Between 2001 and 2010, he directed the Walter Eucken Institute. His research interests are the New Constitutional Economics, Constitutional Economics, Evolutionary Economics and Behavioral Economics.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Voigt

Stefan Voigt (*1962) has been director of the Institute of Law and Economics at Hamburg university, Germany, since 2009. He is also a fellow of CESifo in Munich. In his research, he deals with the economic consequences of alternative constitutional rules and judicial structures. He is co-editor of the academic journal “Constitutional Political Economy”.

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wegner

Gerhard Wegner (*1956) holds the chair of Institutional Economics and economic policy at Erfurt university, Germany. He is the president of the Wilhelm-Röpke-Institut in Erfurt and is a mentor for the PhD program “Social Market Economy” at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. His topics: Theory of innovation, Evolutionary Economics, environmental economics, regulation, economic policy under systems competition, the relationship between economic and political liberalism, political economy of capitalist transformation, history of liberal thought, history of economic policy.

Prof. Dr. Carl Christian von Weizsäcker

Carl Christian von Weizsäcker (*1938) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn. He taught as a professor of economics at Cologne University, after earlier appointments in Heidelberg, at M.I.T. in Cambridge, MA, in Bielefeld, Bonn and Bern. His theoretical interests are in the areas of welfare economics with adaptive preferences, capital theory, and the history of economics. In his applied work, he focusses on the euro crisis, climate policy, and the social market economy.

Dr. Fabian Wendt

Fabian Wendt (*1979) currently is a research associate at the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy at Chapman University in California. He mainly works in political philosophy, in particular on compromises and modus vivendi, property rights and justice, and political authority and legitimacy.

Prof. Dr. Dirk Wentzel

Dirk Wentzel (*1963) has been professor of economics and European integration at Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany, since 2003. In 2005, he earned a Jean Monnet Chair. He also directs the „European Business, Politics, and Culture“ Summer University in cooperation with Pennsylvania State University, USA, and serves as the President of the International Research Seminar Radein, Italy.

Prof. Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth

Michael Wohlgemuth (*1965) is extraordinary professor at the Institute of Economics and Philosophy at Witten/Herdecke university, Germany, and director of Open Europe Berlin. He is also an affiliated fellow of the Walter Eucken Institut, a mentor for the PhD program “Social market economy” of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and an associate fellow of Ratio Institute, Stockholm. His areas of research are European integration, political economy, Austrian economics and the history of ideas.

Prof. Dr. Ralph Michael Wrobel

Ralph Michael Wrobel (*1968) has been Professor of Economics, especially Economic Policy, at the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau, Germany. His areas of teaching and research are the Social Market Economy, Policies of Economic Order, the Emerging Markets in Central and Eastern Europe as well as Asia, with a focus on Estonia, Korea, China and the South-East Asian Tigers. He is a Co-Founder of the conference series “Ordnungspolitischer Dialog“ and of the website “Ordnungspolitisches  Portal“. Additionally, he works on issues regarding the economic and social history of Upper Silesia.

Prof. Dr. Michael Zöller

Michael Zöller (*1946) teaches at the Bavarian School of Public Policy in Munich, Germany, where he is responsible for the teaching field “Economy and Society”. Previously he held the chair of sociology at Bayreuth university, where he still directs the Bayreuth Institute for American Studies (BIFAS). He works on social philosophy and political economy, the sociology of religion and the political culture of the United States. Michael Zöller is the founder and director of the German-American Council on Public Policy. He has also worked as a TV and printed press journalist.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Zweynert

Joachim Zweynert (*1970) has been professor for international political economy at Witten/Herdecke university, Germany, and founding director of the Witten Institute on Institutional Change. His main research areas are the interdisciplinary analysis of institutional change processes, processes of transformation and reform in Eastern Europe, focusing on Russia, and the history of economic thought. Joachim is a mentor for the PhD program “Social Market Economy” of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and a research fellow at the Institute for European Integration in Hamburg.

Agora Sommerakademie

Agora is a summer academy in philosophy, economics and politics designed for 16 to 20 year olds who are interested in current affairs as well as longer term, fundamental issues.

Atlas Network

Atlas Network is a nonprofit organization connecting a global network of more than 450 free-market organizations in over 90 countries to the ideas and resources needed to advance the cause of liberty.

Aktionsgemeinschaft Soziale Marktwirtschaft

The Aktionsgemeinschaft Soziale Marktwirtschaft is an academic institution based in Tübingen (Germany), aiming to promote and develop the social market economy.

ECONWATCH – Gesellschaft für Politikanalyse e.V.

Econwatch is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization in Berlin (Germany), providing academically supported information about economic policy and reform options.

Hanns Martin Schleyer-Stiftung

The Hanns Martin Schleyer-Stiftung is a Berlin-based foundation created in 1977 by the federation of German industries (BDI) and the Confederation of German Employers’ Association (BDA), fostering research in the areas of economics, law and culture.

Walter Eucken Institut

The Walter Eucken Institut is a center of excellence in political and constitutional economics based in Freiburg (Germany), where it continues the tradition of the Freiburg school of economics.


The Wilhelm-Röpke-Institut is an institution based in Erfurt (Germany) fostering research and publishing on fundamental questions in constitutional theory and policy.