Congratulations to the recipients of the Richard E. Fox Prizes for the best papers presented at the recently concluded Austrian Student Scholars Conference at Grove City College. They are:
First prize ($1,000): Dan D’Amico, George Mason University, “Incarceration for Private Rather than Public Interest: An Economic History of Prisons in Classical Athensâ€
Second prize ($750): Courtney Winther, Grove City College, “Wage Rate Disparity in the Antebellum South: The Market’s Response to Industrializationâ€
Third Prize ($500): Nicholas Curott, San Jose State University, “The Rule of Law Versus the Failure of Foreign Aid in Africaâ€
Undergraduates and first-year graduate students should strongly consider delivering a paper at next year’s conference. It is an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded students and faculty and to present a conference paper — how many undergraduates can say they have already presented a paper by the time they get their degree?
This year, my first at the ASSC, I delivered the Hans Sennholz Lecture, in which I discussed the increasingly fashionable issue of the “living wage.” Hans Hoppe delivered the Ludwig von Mises Lecture. The audience for these two plenary lectures was drawn not only from conference participants but also included anyone else from the college community who was interested, including many students who showed up for extra credit of some kind or another. With anyone else but Dr. Hoppe, you might get concerned about restlessness among the crowd when the speaker goes over the allotted time. Hans went 20 minutes over and no one noticed, so spellbound was the audience.
It was a wonderful time for everyone, and we’re all grateful for the work of Professor Jeff Herbener and Professor Shawn Ritenour that made the conference possible.