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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Expert Commentary

Oct 20, 2015

I spend a lot of time talking and writing about the minimum wage. I do so because it sears my economist's soul to encounter a policy that is as popular with people as it is poorly understood by them. Opinion polls consistently show that an overwhelming portion of Americans — about 75 percent — support raising the minimum wage. Yet there is no economic principle that is more solid than the one that explains that raising the cost of engaging in some activity (such as employing low-skilled workers) results in people engaging less in that activity.
Sep 28, 2015

With Pope Francis' first visit to the United States just wrapping up, he leaves behind two contradictory positions. He touched on these contradictions in a speech to Congress last Thursday. Francis criticizes the evils of capitalism and its spirit of profit. Yet at the same time, he pushes for an end to poverty.
Sep 17, 2015

Thanks to capitalism, billions of us — almost all descended from generations of peasants who were routinely disfigured and enervated by disease and malnutrition — live lives that not even the most powerful Byzantine or European potentate dared dream of just a few hundred years ago. These facts alone should suffice to give capitalism the benefit of the doubt whenever questions of its morality arise. Yet as Pope Francis' numerous broadsides against capitalism reveal, many thoughtful people believe capitalism to be morally deficient.
Jul 29, 2015

For 40 years, the federal government has prohibited the American energy sector from exporting more than a tiny fraction of domestically produced crude. Fortunately, a bipartisan group of legislators is pushing to end this harmful restriction. They shouldn't waste any time. Selling American crude on the international market would boost domestic production while spurring economic growth at home and around the world.


Donald J. Boudreaux




Donald J. Boudreaux | September 24, 2015
Donald Boudreaux addresses the moral aspects of capitalism in light of Pope Francis’s US visit for Tim Farley on POTUS (Sirius XM Radio).
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