Freedom to Choose Conference 2015, sponsored by The University of Notre Dame Australia Fremantle Campus

Mannkal Economic Education Foundation / UNDA Mannkal Economic Education Foundation University of Notre Dame Australia

Welcome to Freedom to Choose 2015: God and the Market

Freedom to Choose is an annual one-day economics conference devoted to considering the degree to which policy makers should pursue free-market policies. There is a focus, in particular, on placing free-market ideas in their historical context and the role economists should play in policy formation. The invited conference speakers are encouraged to adopt a critical, scholarly and non-ideological stance when considering these issues. Dissent is encouraged both from the floor and the podium.

The 2015 Conference will consider how religious ideas and practices interact with the free-market economy. Some scholars have suggested that the emergence of the free-market economy was influenced, or at least supported, by religious ideas and practices, for good or for ill. In our own time there seems to be strong connections between free markets (and economics) and certain types of religion, while other types of religion fiercely oppose such connections. Economic thinking and practices seem also to be influencing religious practices, and perhaps even ideas. Again, this is welcomed by some and decried by others. Speakers will consider these important and often neglected issues from a variety of perspectives.

The conference is specifically designed for undergraduate, honours and postgraduate students, but all interested parties are welcome. Forums will also be provided at the conference in which students can interact with established economists to discuss the wisdom of pursuing honours and postgraduate qualifications in the discipline of economics, as well as careers in economics generally.

It is to be held on Friday 17 July 2015 on the Fremantle Campus of The University of Notre Dame, Australia.

Invited speakers include: Geoffrey Brennan, Elena Douglas, Paul Oslington, Peter Kurti and Robert Woodberry.

The formal Deadline for Registration is June 18th, but note that there is a limit of 80 attendees, and hence those seeking to register should do so as early as possible to ensure that they gain a place.


The conference is kindly sponsored by the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation and The University of Notre Dame, Australia.