Carl Menger Essay Contest

The Foundation for Economic Education and the Charles Koch Foundation have teamed up with the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, to bring to you the announced fourth annual Carl Menger Essay Contest. The conference date is November 19-21, 2016 held at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC.

Essay Topics:

“The purpose of the contest is to recognize and encourage undergraduate scholarship in the Austrian tradition and the broadly catallactic approach to social science which it represents, an approach common also to the Scottish Enlightenment of Smith and Hume, the French Liberal School of Say and Bastiat, the Virginia School of Buchanan and Tullock, the UCLA price theory of Alchian and Demsetz, and the Bloomington School of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom, among others.” (Thomas, 2015)

Some suggested questions put forth:

1.   The relationship between income inequality and social outcomes have been debated extensively recently in the academic literature and popular press. How can ideas from the Austrian School address inequality?

2.   Among the oldest questions in economics is: why are some nations rich and others poor? How might the ideas of the late Gordon Tullock help to better answer that question?

3.   Private alternatives to government fiat currencies have been emerging on the market in recent years. What insights can the catallactic approach to social science bring to bear on this issue?

(Thomas, 2015)


Submission deadline is June 1st, 2016

The prize will be awarded to three writers each receiving “$500 conditional on attending and presenting at the Society’s meetings at the Southern Economic Association conference (” (Thomas, 2015)

Eligibility for the contest is open to recent graduates and undergraduates of any discipline, while former winners are excluded.

Rules for the contest are that essays must be ones original work and not previously published, the format must be of a scholarly article, 4000-12000 words.

Essays should be submitted in .doc or .pdf format by June 1, 2016, using the online form here, while the author’s name and details should appear only on the front page, the title and abstract are to be on the second page.

Winners will be notified by June 30, 2016. “Presenting the paper at the conference is a key component of the contest, and thus those unable to attend in November are discouraged from submitting an entry.” (Thomas, 2015)

Reference List

Thomas, M. (2015). Carl Menger essay contest. Foundation for Economic Education. Retrieved [07/05/16] from <>.

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