People Aren’t Pawns: Understanding the Economics of Human Behavior

St. Edward’s University | Austin, TX | June 4 – 7



“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” F.A. Hayek

The Austrian School of Economics offers a unique analytical framework by focusing on the actions and choices of individual actors. Understanding this framework will help you better understand major events like the 2008 Housing Crisis, the Great Depression, and the fall of the Soviet Union. It will also help you analyze your own choices and help you make better decisions. Most importantly, it demonstrates the limits of our abilities to control other people’s actions and allows us to find solutions to complex problems without using others as pawns in our schemes.

Wednesday, June 4

12:00 pm – 6:00pm: Dorm Room Check in
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Seminar Check in and Social


Thursday, June 5
7:00 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:30 am: Check in
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Welcome
9:45 am – 10:00 am: Break
11:15 am – 11:30 am: Break
11:30 am – 12:15 pm: Discussion Groups
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm: Lunch
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Break
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Break
4:45 pm – 5:30 pm: Discussion Groups
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm – 7:45 pm: Reading Discussion Groups
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Social


Friday, June 6
7:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Check in
9:45 am – 10:00 am: Break
11:00 am – 11:15 am: Break
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm: Discussion Groups
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Break
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm: Break
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Break
4:45 pm – 5:30 pm: Discussion Groups
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm – 7:45 pm: Reading Discussion Groups
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Social


Saturday, June 7
7:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Check in
9:45 am – 10:00 am: Break
10:00 am – 11:30: Activity: Find a Better Way
11:30 am – 11:45 am: Break
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm: Closing Remarks
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Lunch
2:30pm – 6:00pm: Check out of rooms

 

Spring Seminars

FEE has joined forces with the Moving Picture Institute (MPI) and Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism to put together two exciting, new Spring Seminars!
Learn more about them here.

Summer Seminars Testimonials

"At FEE, I was first exposed to ideas that would inspire the rest of my time in university, and eventually my career." - Zachary Caceres

"[I really enjoyed this] opportunity to learn about not only what is happening in America, but throughout the world. FEE's goal is to 'inspire, educate, and connect' and I'm proud to say it has achieved all that and more with me." - Jeanette H.

"This seminar has provided me with the knowledge necessary to educate my peers and support an educated, non-biased argument for free market economics." - Santana W.

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