NEXT EVENT: Free Market Road Show in Tallinn!

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Date: April 10th, 2024, at 15:00

Venue: Estonian Business School, Conference Hall (room 413)

Please RSVP by April 8th here:

(Please register only if you have decided to attend so that we can arrange the room and refreshments!)

The Free Market Road Show, the premiere European travelling conference uniting scholars and free thinkers of all ages and professions around the topics of liberty, prosperity and peace, makes its annual stop at Tallinn on April 10th. The Centre for Free Economic Thought at Estonian Business School is the local partner of the Austrian Economics Centre and the Hayek Institute in Vienna. The Hayek Institute just celebrated the 30th anniversary of its foundation.

This time, we are honoured to be visited by two top Hayek scholars and an expert on EU politics to discuss the ongoing relevance of F A Hayek and Milton Friedman’s ideas about liberty in the context of current European politics and the upcoming elections to the European Parliament.

In our complex world, the knowledge distributed among individuals is immense and interrelated at great distances. This knowledge cannot be accumulated and inserted into the decisions of central planners. Modern examples of emerging spontaneous orders, such as social networks and cryptocurrencies (e.g. Bitcoin), confirm the prescience and validity of Hayek’s theories regarding evolutionary institutions, spontaneous order, and the competition of free currencies that the panellists will discuss. Personal choice, entrepreneurship, and competitiveness have taken a hit due to the European Commission and Parliament’s fondness for control, big government, and dirigiste industrial policy. The upcoming European elections are an urgent signal to think deeply about the lessons from philosophy and history with the sights set on our future prosperity together as Europeans.

Join us in learning, thinking, and discussing these fascinating and urgent topics, followed by free discussions and refreshments. The event is free and open to all EBS people and the general public, so please bring your critical-thinking friends. Please RSVP here by April 8th so that we can make the arrangements. Welcome!


15:00 – 15:05 H.E, the Ambassador of Austria to Estonia, Welcome address

15:05 – 15:15 Juan Sáenz-Diez: Introductory remarks.

15:15 – 15:30 Dr Gabriel Mursa: “Why is Hayek relevant today?”

15:30 – 15:45 Dr Eamonn Butler: “Restraining government”

15:45 – 16:00 Glen Hodgson: “The Current European Context”

16:00 – 17:00 Panel conversation and Q&A

17:00 – 18:00 Networking and refreshments

Guest speakers - click on the names to know more about them

Dr Gabriel Mursa is a professor at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi, Romania, where he teaches economic theory and the history of economic thought. He founded the Friedrich von Hayek Institute Romania and translated Hayek’s books into Romanian.

Dr Eamonn Butler is the founder and director of the Adam Smith Institute in the UK and the author of several books on Adam Smith, Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises and F A Hayek. He continues researching and writing about Hayek and other economic topics for national magazines and newspapers.

Glen Hodgson is the CEO and Founder of Free Trade Europa, a policy think-do tank in Sweden promoting free trade, liberalisation, and the rule of law at the European level. He has two decades of experience as a lobbyist, strategist, and communications adviser with European institutions, blue-chip international companies, and non-governmental organisations.

Juan Sáenz-Diez is the head of the Centre for Free Economic Thought, the think-tank at the Estonian Business School.

RSVP and contact

Please RSVP by April 8th here:

(Please register only if you have decided to attend so that we can arrange the room and refreshments!)

Free Market Road Show:

Contact in Tallinn: cfet arroba