PCPE—Prague Conference on Political Economy


(Deadline for abstract submission -  February 18)

April 13-14,  2018

Friedrich von Wieser Memorial Lecture

Leszek Balcerowicz is a professor of Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics, the former chairman of the National Bank of Poland and Deputy Prime Minister in Tadeusz Mazowiecki's government. He is famous for implementing the Polish economic transformation program in the 1990s commonly referred to as the Balcerowicz Plan. His books include Puzzles of Economic Growth or Socialism, Capitalism, Transformation. You may read his chapter on Institutional Systems and Economic Growth from Aslund and Dabrowski (ed.): Challenges of Globalization: Imbalances and Growth.



Franz Cuhel Memorial Lecture

David Howden is Chair of the Department of Business and Economics and professor of economics at St. Louis University's Madrid Campus, and Academic Vice President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada. Among his books we find  The Next Generation of Austrian Economics: Essays in Honor of Joseph T. Salerno, Mises Institute 2015 (co-edited with Per Bylund), The Fed at One Hundred: A Critical View on the Fed¬eral Reserve System, Springer 2014 (co-edited with Joseph Salerno), Institutions in Crisis: European Perspectives on the Recession,  Edward Elgar 2011, or Deep Freeze: Iceland’s Economic Collapse, Ludwig von Mises Institute 2011 (with Philipp Bagus).


We are inviting you to participate in the 14th annual  Prague Conference on Political Economy (PCPE). PCPE is an international and interdisciplinary gathering of scholars focusing their research on a broad approach to the study of social reality crossing traditional disciplines.   Scholars writing in the tradition of PPE, PPE&L or the Austrian School of Economics and  political economy of freedom are particularly welcome. During two days of the conference (Friday afternoon and Saturday), participants will have an opportunity to participate in lectures and debates focusing on economics, political science, history, philosophy and other humanities, and to discuss these issues with leading theorists in the field, both from Europe and overseas. We expect more than 100 people attending annual lectures and over 30 scholars presenting their papers. 

PCPE 2018 is organized by CEVRO Institute [school of legal and social studies] in partnership with Liberalni Institut,  The Faculty of Social and Economic Studies, J. E. Purkyne University and  European Students for Liberty 

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 we hope to build a solid institutional basis for the advancement of liberty-oriented research programs.

The Conference takes place in the quaint and newly reconstructed building of the CEVRO Institute [school of legal and social studies] in the heart of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.

As the president of the conference, I believe that the conference will keep up the good spirit of previous years. We will do our best to succeed in making the 2018 conference at least as stimulating and useful as the past ones. We also believe that your participation will make the conference an even greater success.

We hope you will join us!

prof. Josef Sima, Ph.D.president of the CEVRO Institute (josef.sima@vsci.cz)


Register through this form. (If you want to send the whole paper, not just an abstract included in the registration form, send it  to josef.sima@vsci.cz.) Upon acceptance, you will be instructed to pay the conference fee. (A list of preliminary sessions  and general  schedule available here.)