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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May 10, 2016

Economics plainly shows that minimum wages harm many of its intended beneficiaries by pricing them out of jobs from which they would earn incomes today and get better work skills for tomorrow.
Apr 26, 2016

Even if we grant that Beijing subsidizes Chinese steel unfairly, there are no grounds for Uncle Sam to respond by protecting American producers at the expense of American consumers.
Apr 12, 2016

Unlike workers and producers who succeed when trade is free, workers and producers who remain in their current jobs only because of trade barriers do not serve their fellow human beings as well as they possibly can. They do not truly earn their incomes. And there is no dignity in that.
Apr 07, 2016

The Labor Department isn’t being straight about the likely effect of adding people to the overtime rolls.


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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