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Revisiting Friedrich August von Hayek – A Controversy

Plenary / Debate
in deutscher Sprache

For some he is the incarnation of neoliberalism, for others an intellectual beacon standing strong against the continuous infringement of our freedom through state bureaucracy: Friedrich August von Hayek. What shall we make of the legacy of the Nobel prize winner and Alpbach regular, and what of the Austrian School in general today? Join a spirited debate 120 years after Hayek’s birth.

Honorary Professor, University of Erfurt; Freelance Publicist, Zurich
Independent Economic Researcher, Vienna; Lecturer, University of Vienna
Editor, "Economist", "Die Presse", Vienna Chair

Dr. Karen HORN

Honorary Professor, University of Erfurt; Freelance Publicist, Zurich

 Karen Horn, born in 1966, teaches the history of economic thought and journalism at the University of Erfurt, Germany. She also serves as editor-in-chief for "Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik", a scholarly journal published by the German Economic Association. She is a co-founder of NOUS, an international academic network for constitutional economics and social philosophy. Her academic interests are located at the intersection of philosophy, economics, political science and history. In her teaching and research, she focusses on the work of Adam Smith, Friedrich Hayek, James M. Buchanan and the German "ordoliberals". She holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Earlier in her career, Karen Horn was an economic policy editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and then head of the Berlin office of IW Köln, a large private economic research institute. She was awarded with the Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic journalism in 2010. She regularly writes essays and columns for various German and English language media and also appears on TV and radio. She has authored several books, e.g. "Roads to Wisdom - Conversations with Ten Nobel Laureates" (Elgar 2009) and "Hayek für jedermann" (FAZ Buch 2013). Karen Horn now lives in Zurich, Switzerland.


Independent Economic Researcher, Vienna; Lecturer, University of Vienna

1972-2012 Research Fellow, Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna
1974-1975 Post-graduate studies, Bologna Center, Johns Hopkins University, Bologna
1982 Visiting Scholar, New York University, New York
1986-1987 Visiting Scholar, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
1988-2005 Visiting Scholar, University of New Hampshire
since 2006 Lecturer of Economics, University of Vienna and WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
2010 Visiting Scholar, International Monetary Fund, Washington

Mag. (FH) Nikolaus JILCH

Editor, "Economist", "Die Presse", Vienna

 Fachhochschule für Journalismus und Medienmanagement, Wien
2007 Redakteur, Ressort Wien, Tageszeitung Österreich, Wien
2007-2008 Redakteur, Ressort Sonntag, Tageszeitung "Kurier", Wien
2009-2011 Redakteur, Monatsmagazin "Datum", Wien
since 2011 Wirtschaftsredakteur, "Die Presse", Wien

Economic Symposium

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14:00 - 15:45The New World Trade (Dis)orderPlenary
16:00 - 17:00Europe’s Dream of a Leading Role in the WorldPlenary
16:00 - 17:00Revisiting Friedrich August von Hayek – A ControversyPlenary
17:15 - 18:15Capitalism and Democracy – A Power Struggle?Plenary


08:00 - 08:30“On the Agenda” BreakfastSocial
08:30 - 09:15On the Agenda: Data and the Future of WorkPlenary
08:30 - 09:15On the Agenda: Sustained MobilityPlenary
08:30 - 09:15On the Agenda: Responsible BusinessesPlenary
09:30 - 10:30Managing Insecurity or Managing in Security?Plenary
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Company Future Under Scrutiny? Scenarios from Limitation to LiberationBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: How Data Determines the Fortunes of States, Corporations and IndividualsBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: What Can and Should AI Do? What Kind of Regulation Does Innovation Need?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: Freedom of Choice vs. Regulation When Switching to Alternative DrivesBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: How to Avoid the Commodity Trap?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: The Liberty of Offensive PlayBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: ‘Ecosystems’ of Digital Champions: How Can Other Businesses Keep Up?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Ready for the Future – Which Skills Do We Need?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: We and The Digital World – Society and Business in TransitionBreakout
12:00 - 12:15Balcony Scene 7Culture
12:30 - 14:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:30 - 14:30Loggia-TalkPartner
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 10: Free Trade – of Course!? Can Free Trade Enjoy Sustainable Success?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: How Vulnerable Is Our Economy?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Yellow Vests and Energy Poverty: Questions of Distribution in Climate and Energy PolicyBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: Open Talent Economy – Seeking New Approaches in an Uncertain World of WorkBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Safe Nutrition – Between Individual Self-Realization and Societal GoalsBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: The Erosion of Trust Undermines Economic Behavior. How to Restore it?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Digital Identity: Brave New World?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: The Spy You Love in Your PocketBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: How to Cope with Complexity: A Playful Session with Eigenland®Breakout
16:15 - 17:15Unleashing Europe’s Digital PotentialPlenary
17:15 - 18:00Gearing Up For CyberattacksPlenary
18:15 - 19:00Huge Stage of IdeasPlenary
18:30 - 20:30Viennese Wednesday Society of Trade – Edition Alpbach: Consumer Protection in Between Climate Crisis and DigitizationPartner
20:30 - 21:45Alpbach Special: Schrödinger’s Duck in Schrödinger’s HallCulture
22:00 - 23:55Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 09:0019th Alpbach Europe Breakfast: Europe on the MovePartner
08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubPartner
09:00 - 09:30“On the Agenda” BreakfastSocial
09:30 - 10:15On the Agenda: Powering the Energy TransitionPlenary
09:30 - 10:15On the Agenda: The Role of Finance in SocietyPlenary
09:30 - 10:15On the Agenda: Connected IndustriesPlenary
10:30 - 11:00How to Navigate Global TransformationsPlenary
11:00 - 12:00The ‘How To’ in Building Future-Ready BusinessesPlenary
12:00 - 12:15Balcony Scene 8Culture
15:00 - 16:00Loggia TalkPartner