On the 19th of April 2023, the Austrian Economics Center had the privilege to welcome and host students from the DIS study program in Copenhagen. Manuel Amort, the winter intern at the Austrian Economics Center, began the meeting with a brief statement about the AEC and its mission. Dr. Alexander Linsbichler from the Institut fur Philosophie und Wissenschaftstheorie, Johannes Kepler University, facilitated and hosted the discussion, sharing his knowledge and expertise with a focus on the Austrian school of economics.
Following Manuel’s introduction, Prof. Linsbichler took the stage. He introduced students to the works of the Austrian school, starting with the man who started it all, the father of the Austrian school, Carl Menger. He explained the role of the city of Vienna in helping and shaping the Austrian school, or as he put it, “Vienna – the city where everything started.”
After Manuel’s introduction, Prof. Linsbichler introduced students to the works of the Austrian school, starting with Carl Menger, the father of the Austrian school, and highlighting the role of Vienna in shaping its development. The lecture also promoted the works of F.A. Hayek and other Austrian economists, emphasizing the current relevance and importance of learning about Austrian economics.
‘I thought visiting the Hayek Institut was very interesting’ said Carey from Skidmore who was one of the participants of the programme. He added that visiting the Hayek Institute helped him better understand the Austrian School of Economics. More than economics, this helped him understand the philosophy behind the Austrian school. He found Dr. Linsbichler very interactive and engaging. He feels that almost all the students had great takeaways from this interaction.
Following the lecture, the students engaged in a group discussion on the problems we face in our daily lives and what the Austrians have to say about them. Carey from Skidmore, one of the participants, found the visit to the Hayek Institute very interesting, as it helped him better understand the philosophy behind the Austrian school of economics. Zach, another participant, was grateful for the opportunity to learn about the Austrian school from a non-American perspective.
The students found the small discussion to be enriching and highly recommended the visit to others. The program concluded with a reception and informal discussion with the speaker and AEC’s team members, who were thanked for their hard work in making the event a success.
Adithyan Puthen Veettil holds a Bachelor’s in economics and is a student doing his master's in international studies at the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna. Adithyan was spring intern 2023 at the Austrian Economic center.
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