Toronto Austrian Scholars Conference

Toronto Austrian Scholars Conference 2013

November 1-2 (Friday/Saturday)

University of Toronto, St. George Campus

Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

TASC 2013 will coincide with the launch of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada published Journal of Prices & Markets, which will no doubt be a leading voice in the academic discourse of economics.

Faculty, Students, and Observers Register Here

In order to help fulfill its mission, the Mises Institute of Canada hosts the second annual Toronto Austrian Scholars Conference. The conference is designed to combine the opportunities of a professional meeting, with the added attraction of hearing and presenting new and innovative research, engaging in vigorous debate, and interacting with likeminded scholars who share research interests.


All sessions held at the Bahen Centre, University of Toronto (St. George Campus), 40 St George St., Room BA1130 (map), except 1b which will be in BA1240.

For questions and schedule changes email Redmond Weissenberger at

Friday November 1

6:00 p.m. Doors open at opening reception, Pauper’s Pub (539 Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor Lounge)

7:00 p.m. Registration begins and continues throughout the evening

8:30 – 9:15 p.m. Douglas French, Casey Research: “Austrian Economics: Radical Fringe to Mainstream”

Saturday November 2

All sessions held at the Bahen Centre, University of Toronto (St. George Campus), 40 St George St., Room BA1130. Session 1b will be in BA1240.

8:00-9:00 a.m. Coffee and refreshments

9:00-9:30 a.m. Kel Kelly, Corporate Economist, GROWMARK, Inc.: “The ‘Demand from China’ Fallacy”

9:30-9:45 a.m. Break

9:45 – 11:15 a.m. Session 1a: Behavioral Economics

Alex Malt, University of Durham, U.K.: “Psyche and Praxis: Extended Cognition and the Austrian School”

Francois Mottard, Independent Scholar: “History of Management: The Influence of Historicism and Keynesianism on Business Education”

Amanda Achtman, University of Calgary: “Human Action versus Behaviourialism: Can Praxeology and Experimental Economics be Reconciled?

Session 1b: Microeconomics (NOTE ROOM: BA1240)

Dr. Predrag Rajsic, University of Guelph: “Quota Prices as Indicators of Comparative Advantage in Supply Managed Industries”

Xiaolin Zhong, University of Lethbridge: “A Primary Analysis of the Combination of Leontief Production Function, Constant Marginal Cost and Fixed Cost and Its Implications”

Dr. George Bragues, University of Guelph, Humber: “Mises’ Critique of the Welfare State”

11:15 -11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 – 12:15 p.m Nick Barisheff, BMG Bullion: “The Federal Reserve’s Centennial Birthday—the 100 Years’ War Against Gold and Economic Common Sense”

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Session 2: Law and Public Policy

Dr. Lloyd P. Gerson, University of Toronto: “The Democracy Fallacy”

John Brätland, U.S. Department of the Interior: “Intractable Injustice in the Compensation for Public Takings of Property”

Dr. Calvin Hayes, Brock University: “Why Libertarians should be Strong Opponents of Intellectual Property Rights”

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Session 3: Applied Economics

Dr. Pierre Desrochers, University of Toronto: “Long Distance Trade and Food Security: (Re)Stating the Obvious”

Dr. William Corcoran, University of Nebraska, Omaha: “An Austrian Fantasy: Higher Education”

Dr. Grahame Booker, University of Waterloo: “The non-relevance of a right to food”

4:30 – 4:45 p.m. Break

4:45 – 5:30 p.m. Dr. David Howden, St. Louis University – Madrid Campus: “Iceland’s Collapse: It’s Wasn’t Inevitable, and It Could Happen Here”

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Redmond Weissenberger, Ludwig von Mises Institute Canada: Wrap up, final comments


DaveHowdenDavid Howden (Keynote speaker) is Chair of the Department of Business and Economics, and associate professor of economics at St. Louis University, at its Madrid Campus, and winner of the Mises Institute’s Douglas E. French Prize. He is also the Editor of the new Mises Canada Journal of Prices & Markets.


dougfrenchDouglas E. French writes for Casey Research and is the author of three books; Early Speculative Bubbles and Increases in the Supply of Money,  The Failure of Common Knowledge, and Walk Away: The Rise and Fall of the Home-Owenrship Myth. He is the former president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.


08_lorenzabaroncelliCody R. Wilson is the crypto-anarchist founder and director of Defense Distributed, a non-profit organization that developed and published some of the world’s first open source gun designs suitable for 3D printing. His work is currently being challenged by the United States Dept. of State for violating arms export controls. Forbes called Wilson one of the most polarizing figures in technology, he was called “the face of printable firearms” by MAKE magazine, and in 2012 Wired named him one of the 15 most dangerous people in the world.

NICK-2Nick Barisheff is President and CEO of Bullion Management Group Inc., a bullion investment company that provides investors with a secure, cost-effective, transparent way to purchase and store physical bullion. Recognized worldwide as a bullion expert, Barisheff is an author, speaker and financial commentator on bullion and current market trends.


KelKellyKel Kelly has spent over 15 years as a Wall Street trader, a corporate finance analyst, and a research director for a Fortune 500 management consulting firm. Results of his financial analyses have been presented on CNBC Europe and in the online editions of CNN, ForbesBusinessWeek, and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of The Case for Legalizing Capitalism. Kel holds a degree in economics from the University of Tennessee, an MBA from the University of Hartford, and an MS in economics from Florida State University. He lives in Atlanta.


We have four levels of registration:

For Faculty, the registration fee is $225, Observers $75 and Students are admitted free of charge with a valid student ID (students must still register online, however).

Faculty, Students, and Observers Register Here

Registration covers all sessions, the opening reception, and coffee breaks


The University of Toronto is in the heart of downtown Toronto, and there are many options available for accommodation. We have a promotional offer in partnership with the Holiday Inn Bloor-Yorkville as a reasonably priced option within walking distance of the University of Toronto Campus. A document with the promotional code can be found here. There are many other hotels within walking distance of the University of Toronto. You can follow this link to find other hotels in the vicinity. Please contact us at any time if you require any assistance with accommodations.

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