The Austrian Institute promotes the ethical ideal of individual responsibility and self-determination in the context of a free market economy and an entrepreneurial society, which can develop for the benefit of everyone – without government interference or the bureaucratic paternalism of the welfare state.
In pursuit of this ideal, the work of the Institute specifically targets audiences of diverse perspectives and creative potential. Its research and educational activities, both theoretical and practical, aim at:
- Raising awareness that the possibility of freely pursuing one’s personal goals is neither limited to a particular elite nor does it contradict the promotion of the common good.
- Encouraging the practical application and implementation of the Institute’s ethical ideal in entrepreneurial activities and through charitable endeavours.
- Making this ideal present in the public square and in public debates.
The Austrian Institute pursues these objectives by organizing seminars and workshops, generating scholarly studies on key economic and philosophical issues, as well as publishing opinion pieces and editorial statements on current issues; providing online and other information services; and supporting the practical application and implementation of the training it provides. It makes available information about current events, explains relevant background issues, and provides people with the knowledge to better understand contemporary issues.