Donald J. Boudreaux

Donald J. Boudreaux

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

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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Aug 23, 2016

You work and get paid. To whom do your after-tax earnings belong?
Aug 09, 2016

If trade skeptics are correct to insist that Americans impoverish themselves by trading freely with people whose wages are lower than Americans' wages, then Gates should not hire housemaids; he should mop his own floors and clean his own toilets ... Obviously, Gates enriches himself by trading with people whose wages are lower than his own. And what's true for Mr. Gates is no less true for every other person.
Jul 12, 2016

The effect of the overtime-pay mandate on these workers will be to raise employers' costs of employing them. With the cost of employing these workers forced higher by the government, some of these workers will simply lose their jobs.
Jun 21, 2016

Long before Darwin explained how order emerges unplanned in the natural world, Adam Smith — a Scottish moral philosopher whose work gave birth to the science of economics — explained how individuals in a society with private property but without any guidance from government act in ways that unintentionally create an economy that is stupendously productive.


Donald J. Boudreaux




Donald J. Boudreaux | May 24, 2016
Donald Boudreaux talks about the economic effect of building walls between countries.
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