Gottfried von Haberler Conference 2024


Many who are self-taught far excel the doctors, masters, and bachelors of the most renowned universities.


Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973)

Privatize Education!

The XVIII. International Gottfried von Haberler Conference

University of Liechtenstein
Vaduz, May 17, 2024
Organized and hosted by The European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation (

Academic Director: Kurt R. Leube Tel. +1 650 248 4955  +43 676 942 8980 (

Media Matters: Laura Gianesi Tel. +423 235 2344 (
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The support of the University of Liechtenstein and multiple local and international sponsors is gratefully acknowledged.

Please find our Speakers’ essays below.
The videos will be uploaded shortly.


Conference Program: May 17, 2024

Welcome and Opening Remarks: H.S.H. Prince Philipp von und zu Liechtenstein


Session I: On the State Control of Educational Matters

Chair: Peter Fischer (CH)

Über freie Gesellschaft und freie Bildung. [On free society and free education.] Michael Esfeld (CH)
On the decentralization of an education system. Argentina as a case in point. Martin Krause (ARG)

Session II: Privatize Education: Ideas and Arguments

Chair: Peter Fischer(CH)

Die Ideologisierung der öffentlichen Schule und ihre traurigen Folgen. [The ideologization of public schools and its sad consequences.] Claudia Wirz (CH)
School Choice: Arguments For and Against. Neal McCluskey (USA)

Session III: Privatize Education: Examples and Applications

Chair: Michael Wohlgemuth (D)

Private Schools for the Poor in Developing Countries. Pauline Dixon (UK)
The Swedish Voucher System: Pros and Cons. Erik Lakomaa (S)

Farewell Adress: H.S.H. Prince Philipp von und zu Liechtenstein




Our Partners

Liechtenstein Academy | private, educational foundation (FL)
Altas Network | economic research foundation (USA)
Austrian Economics Center | Promoting a free, responsible and prosperous society (Austria)
Berlin Manhatten Institute | non-profit Think Tank (Germany) | Buecher fuer den Liberalismus (Germany)
Cato Institute | policy research foundation (USA)
Center for the New Europe | research foundation (Belgium)
Forum Ordnungspolitik
Friedrich Naumann Stiftung
George Mason University
Heartland Institute
Hayek Institut
Hoover Institution
Istituto Bruno Leoni
Institut Václava Klause
Instytut Misesa
IREF | Institute of Economical and Fiscal Research
Johns Hopkins Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise | an interdivisional Institute between the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and the Whiting School of Engineering
Liberales Institut
Liberty Fund
Ludwig von Mises Institute
New York University | Dept. of Economics (USA)
Stockholm Network
Students for Liberty
Swiss Mises Institute
Universidad Francisco Marroquin