Donald J. Boudreaux

Donald J. Boudreaux

  • Senior Fellow
  • Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism, Mercatus Center
  • Senior Fellow, F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • Board Member

Donald J. Boudreaux is a senior fellow with the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a Mercatus Center Board Member, and a professor of economics and former economics-department chair at George Mason University. He holds the Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center. He specializes in globalization and trade, law and economics, and antitrust economics.

Boudreaux is committed to making economics more accessible to a wider audience, and he has lectured across the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe on a wide variety of topics, including antitrust law and international trade. He is the author of the books Hypocrites and Half-Wits: A Daily Dose of Sanity from Cafe Hayek and Globalization. His articles appear in such publications as the Wall Street Journal and US News & World Report as well as numerous scholarly journals. He writes a blog (with Russell Roberts) called Cafe Hayek and a regular column on economics for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has appeared numerous times on John Stossel’s Fox show to discuss a range of economic issues.

Previously, he was president of the Foundation for Economic Education and an associate professor of legal studies and economics at Clemson University. He also serves as an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute.

Boudreaux earned a PhD in economics from Auburn University and a law degree from the University of Virginia.

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Dec 03, 2014

This year, Mercatus scholars share the books they recommend as holiday gifts for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of how economics plays a role in our everyday lives. While not a comprehensive, the resulting list features some of the greatest economic thinkers whose ideas continue to resonate today.
Oct 21, 2014

This month brought the deaths of two people to whom I owe large debts. One was my first economics teacher, Michelle Bailliet, or Michelle Francois as she was known in 1977 when I took her introductory economics course at Nicholls State University. The second was Leonard Liggio, a scholar of wide-ranging erudition who, as president of the Institute for Humane Studies back in the 1980s, generously helped me to make professional connections that proved essential for whatever success I've enjoyed in my career.
Oct 13, 2014

Forty years ago the Nobel Prize in Economic Science was awarded to a scholar who believed the prize perhaps should not exist. As he graciously accepted the distinction in 1974, Austrian-British economist Friedrich A. Hayek worried aloud that thinking of economics as a science might fuel what he called “the pretense of knowledge”—the idea that anyone could know enough to engineer society successfully. He was right to fret.
Sep 23, 2014

History and sound analysis supply many reasons for those of us who celebrate mass prosperity to support free markets. Yet champions of free markets sometimes offer bad arguments to support their positions. These bad arguments only damage the case for free markets.
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