Freedom Conference



Dr. Kristian Niemietz


Dr. Kristian Niemietz has been with the Institute for Economic Affairs since 2008 as a Poverty Research Fellow, becoming its Senior Research Fellow in 2013, Head of Health and Welfare in 2015 and Head of Political Economy in 2018. Kristian is also a Fellow of the Age Endeavour Fellowship.

He studied Economics at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Universidad de Salamanca, graduating in 2007 as Diplom-Volkswirt (MSc in Economics). During his studies, he interned at the Central Bank of Bolivia (2004), the National Statistics Office of Paraguay (2005), and at the IEA (2006). In 2013, he completed a PhD in Political Economy at King’s College London. Kristian previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Berlin-based Institute for Free Enterprise (IUF), and at King’s College London, where he taught Economics throughout his postgraduate studies. He is a regular contributor to various journals in the UK, Germany and Switzerland. He is speaking on the conference on his important recent book: Socialism: The Failed Idea That Never Dies 


Professor Christian Bjørnskov


Professor Christian Bjørnskov, Ph.D., is professor in Political Economy at Aarhus University. He has been editor-in-chief on the popular Danish economics blog since 2006. His research interest includes Social Trust and Informal Institutions, Public Choice, Well-Being and Life Satisfaction, and Trade Theory. His is a popular and prolific teacher and has a long published records in leading journals including, Public Choice, Political Studies, Journal of Management Studies, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Institutional Economics, Southern Economic Journal and many more. He has also contributed to important books, such as the Oxford Handbook of Public Choice. He also serves as reviewer and on the editorial board of several top academic journals. Finally, he has served as an advisor to several organizations, and regularly partakes in the public debate.


Professor Peter G. Klein

15:00-16:00 & 18:00-19:00

Peter G. Klein is a Carl Menger Research Fellow of the Mises Institute, W. W. Caruth Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Baylor's Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise and Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Management at the Norwegian School of Economics. His research focuses on the economics of entrepreneurship and business organization, with applications to innovation, regulation, and economic growth. Klein has authored or edited five books and has published over 75 academic articles, chapters, and reviews. 

He taught previously at the University of California, Berkeley, University of Georgia, Copenhagen Business School, and University of Missouri, and served as a Senior Economist with the Council of Economic Advisers. He is also a former Associate Editor of The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek. He is an Associate Editor for two academic journals and he serves on the Editorial Board of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics and several other publications. He lectures regularly at the Mises University, Rothbard Graduate Seminar, and other Mises Institute events.

Klein received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He co-founded the popular management blog Organizations and Markets. Dr. Klein will be given two talks, one on the important memory and legacy of his former supervisor and Nobel Laurette Oliver Williamson and one on the relation between entrepreneurship and freedom.


Dr. Antony Davies


Dr. Antony Davies is the Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow at FEE, an Associate Professor of Economics at Duquesne University, and co-host of the podcast, Words & Numbers. Dr. Davies authors monthly columns on economics and public policy for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has written a book on understanding statistics, published by the Cato Institute, and he has co-authored hundreds of op-eds for, among others, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post. 

His YouTube videos on economics, government, and policy have garnered millions of views. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Davies was Associate Producer at the Moving Pictures Institute, Chief Financial Officer at Parabon Computation, founded several technology companies, and is co-founder and Chief Academic Officer at Freedom Trust, where he lectures on economics for high school students across the country.


Professor James R. Harrigan


James R. Harrigan is a Managing Director of the Center for Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona, and the F.A. Hayek Distinguished Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also a co-host of the Words & Numbers podcast. Dr. Harrigan was previously the Dean of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani, and later he served as a Director of Academic Programs at the Institute for Humane Studies and Strata, where he was also a Senior Research Fellow. He has written extensively for the popular press, with articles appearing in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report. His current work focuses on the intersections between political economy, public policy, and political philosophy.