Keynote Speakers

Robert Murphy

Robert Murphy | USA

Robert Murphy (United States) is a Research Assistant Professor at the Free Market Institute (FMI) at Texas Tech University. Dr. Murphy earned his B.A. in economics from Hillsdale College and his Ph.D. in economics from New York University. He is currently the Senior Economist at the Institute for Energy Research, Senior Fellow with the Fraser Institute, Associated Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.

Dr. Murphy has authored numerous scholarly articles and energy policy studies, over 100 popular publications for lay audiences, and multiple books. His most recent book is “Contra Krugman: Smashing the Errors of America's Most Famous Keynesian.” His current research focuses on the economics of climate change as well as the impact of minimum wages.
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Veronique de Rugy

Veronique de Rugy | France

Veronique de Rugy (France) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a nationally syndicated columnist. She received her MA in economics from the Paris Dauphine University and her PhD in economics from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University. Her primary research interests include the US economy, the federal budget, homeland security, taxation, tax competition, and financial privacy.

Her popular weekly charts, published by the Mercatus Center, address economic issues ranging from lessons on creating sustainable economic growth to the implications of government tax and fiscal policies. She has testified numerous times in front of Congress on the effects of fiscal stimulus, debt and deficits, and regulation on the economy.

Erich Weede

Erich Weede | Germany

Professor (emeritus) Dr., born 1942 in Hildesheim (Germany), taught sociology at the Universities of Cologne (1978-1997) and Bonn (1997 until his retirement in fall 2004). He had acquired academic degrees in psychology (Diplom, University of Hamburg, 1966) and political science (Dr. and Venia Legendi, University of Mannheim, 1971/1975). In 1982/83 he was president of the Peace Science Society (International), and in 1985/86 vice-president of the International Studies Association. In winter 1986/87 he was visiting professor of International Relations at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University.

For some time, he had served on the editorial boards of the Electronic Journal of Sustainable Development, International Interactions, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Korea and World Affairs, and New Asia. He has produced 11 books and about 250 other publications in German or English. His topics include the causes and prevention of war, the rise and decline of nations, Asian civilizations, the invention of capitalism, the spread of economic freedom, economic growth and income inequality. His books include "Economic Development, Social Order and World Politics", "Asien und der Westen", "The Balance of Power, Globalization, and the Capitalist Peace" and "Freiheit und Verantwortung, Aufstieg und Niedergang". He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and a founding member of the Hayek Gesellschaft.