On 28 October 2014, the Austrian Economics Center (AEC) will be hosting a Gala evening in celebration of the Next Generation‘s Mobility program and the recipient of the 2014 Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award, Deirdre N. McCloskey.
The Next Generation Mobility program was created to promote entrepreneurial thinking and an understanding of key economic issues among Austrian students aged between 11 and 19. The program was launched in 2010 by the AEC in collaboration with the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute and generous local sponsors, and has since grown into an incredibly successful program that continues to inspire the next generation of economic thinkers and business leaders.
The program incorporates a series of workshops and lectures to provide students with an essential framework to develop their knowledge of economic concepts. This year, students were educated by prominent academics and business figures on topics ranging from economics, international trade, competition, and financial markets.
The Next Generation´s Mobility student contest is another avenue to celebrate and nurture talented young students with an interest in economics and entrepreneurship. Each year, students are asked to submit ideas on how to communicate new and innovative approaches to improving the personal and social mobility of people around the world. The winners of this competition will receive their award during the Gala evening and are invited to take part in a specialised mentorship program.
The AEC is also pleased to award this year’s Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gala evening, which honours entrepreneurs, economists, business leaders and publicists for their outstanding academic or professional contribution to liberty. This year, prominent economist and historian Deirdre N. McCloskey will be recognised for her contribution to liberty as a lecturer and author who has contributed to over 400 scholarly works. McCloskey has been praised for her University-of-Chicago style teachings and viewpoints on a range of economic and social issues, and has been an important figure in the advocacy of individual liberty and the Austrian School of Economics.
The AEC’s fundamental goal is to promote a free, responsible and prosperous society. Through education and improving public understanding of key economic questions, the AEC promotes the idea of a free market economy and the ideal of a free society.