Thank you very much to Diego Zuluaga, who came to speak to us this week from the Institute of Economic Affairs in London about the future of China’s economy for our first speaker event of term.

Here are a few photos of the event.
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Welcome drinks- many thanks to all who came

We were delighted to welcome all our new members and especially Sam Bowman, Deputy Director of the Adam Smith Institute, the London think-tank, to address us over drinks at our first event of term; a welcome wine reception for members new and returning.

Sam spoke to use about using market solutions to combat poverty and the principles of Bleeding Heart Libertarianism.

You can view a few photos from the event here:IMG_4775IMG_4782 IMG_4813 IMG_4811

Welcome to members- Michaelmas term of events

IWe’ve got a fantastic term of events lined up for you all, the first of which I have the pleasure of announcing now:
All Members new and old are warmly invited to attend our Wine Reception this coming Tuesday, with guest speaker Sam Bowman.

Sam Bowman is Deputy Director of the Adam Smith Institute, the economics think-tank in London. He will be available to chat to Members throughout the evening, as well as delivering a brief address and answering any questions. Sam has made regular appearances on UK national television news, as well as being ranked this year as a UK top-ten Most Influential Economist by CITY A.M., the London financial daily.

The event will take place from 19:00 in the Charles Wellbeloved room, Harris Manchester College (Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TD). The evening is an opportunity for members to get to know each other, more about the society and upcoming events. Be sure not to miss Sam Bowman’s address from 19:30!

Like all our events, this event is free and not ticketed, but to make sure we don’t run out of drinks too early, we recommend that you RSVP so we have a good idea of expected numbers. You can RSVP by joining the Facebook event here: intellectual viewpoints.

The Hayek Society works together with prominent institutions like the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Adam Smith Institute not only to bring high-profile speakers to Oxford, but also to offer opportunities to our members like internships or invitations to external events. Be sure to ask Sam about opportunities at the ASI!

We very much look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

On behalf of the Committee of the Oxford Hayek Society,

Lydia Ellis

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Coming soon!

Top-ten ranking economist Ryan Bourne will talk to us in November about Piketty’s economics. Ryan has debated Piketty on UK national news. Stay tuned for the date!

New speaker event confirmed for this term!

Christopher Snowdon, Director of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, will talk to us about regressive taxes and their impact on the poor.

23 Nov. 19:30 – 20:30 Christ Church, Lecture Room 1

Stay tuned for more events lined up for this term!



New committee for 2015/16


It is with pleasure that we announce the composition of the new Committee for the academic year 2015 to 2016.

President:                                                                                                                                       Lydia Ellis, St. Anne’s College


Nicholas Wong, St. Peter’s College (Ex-President)

Oliver Shore, St. Hilda’s College                                                                        

Wojciech Woźnicki, Christ Church

The Committee is currently working hard to arrange Freshers’ Fair, along with a packed programme of speaker and social events for next term, to be announced in due course. We look forward to seeing our regular members and meeting new ones in October!

‘Should students pay for their own university education?’

Join us next Wednesday evening for an interesting and interactive discussion of this topic by Peter Ainsworth!
With the recent Tory victory in the general elections, many students are worried about the possibility of rising tuition fees at universities. But should the government be in the business of subsidising university tuition at all?
Venue: LR1, Christ Church College
Date: Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Time: 19:00 – 20:00In a recent paper* published by the Institute of Economic Affairs, Peter Ainsworth argues that students themselves, rather than the state, should bear the costs of their own education. Mr. Ainsworth proposes that universities should instead be funded by a ‘free-market graduate tax’, in which universities would receive payments from the earnings premium of its graduates rather than from the purse strings of the state. Mr. Ainsworth argues that such a system would be more efficient for funding universities, and also fairer for society.*
Co-hosted by the Oxford Hayek Society and the Oxford PPE Society.

About the speaker:

Peter Ainsworth is the Managing Director of EM applications, a software and consulting firm that assists the global investment community with the measurement and understanding of market risk and uncertainty, and has a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.