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

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 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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Media Clippings

Donald J. Boudreaux | Jul 16, 2013
Outlet: Forbes
Donald J. Boudreaux | Oct 30, 2012
Outlet: U.S. News & World Report
Donald J. Boudreaux | Jun 27, 2012
Outlet: The Wall Street Journal
Donald J. Boudreaux | Jun 27, 2012
Outlet: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Expert Commentary

Mar 25, 2014

Occupational licensing is the legal prohibition on anyone without a government-issued license practicing a trade. Such regulation is believed to be necessary to prevent consumers from being harmed by shady or incompetent service providers.
Mar 06, 2014

Middle-class stagnation and the "decoupling" of pay and productivity are illusions. Yes, the U.S. economy is in the doldrums, thanks to a variety of factors, most significantly the effect of growth-deadening government policies like ObamaCare and the Dodd-Frank Act. But by any sensible measure, most Americans are today better paid and more prosperous than in the past.
Jan 31, 2014

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich made a splash in 2011 with a two-minute YouTube video purporting to show that the only Americans who enjoyed any improvement in economic well-being during the 30 years following Ronald Reagan's election to the presidency were the extremely rich. According to Mr. Reich, most Americans stagnated economically during those three decades. The result is an America today marred by a near-historic level of income inequality.
Jan 24, 2014

Below, scholars with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University look ahead to policy areas the president will likely raise in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.
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