Donald Boudreaux

Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Donald J. Boudreaux is a Professor of Economics and former Economics Department Chair at George Mason University and a Senior Fellow with the Fraser Institute.  He is also 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 holds the Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center.  He has a Ph.D. in economics from Auburn University and law degree from the University of Virginia.

Professor 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 the nature of law, antitrust law and economics, and international trade. He is published in a variety of newspapers and journals, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and The Supreme Court Economic Review and writes a blog (with Russell Roberts) called Café Hayek, cafehayek.com.

Recent Research by Donald Boudreaux

— May 17, 2022
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Do Budget Deficits Matter?

When is it Appropriate to Run Budget Deficits? and James M. Buchanan and the Political Economy of Debt Financing are two essays in a new series on government deficits that address the federal government’s habit of running deficits, and emphasize lessons pioneered by Nobel-laureate economist James Buchanan on government deficits and the burden on future generations.

— Mar 8, 2022
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This International Women’s Day, a new essay series examines the lives and ideas of women who helped shape the free and prosperous societies we enjoy today.

— May 4, 2021
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The Essential James Buchanan spotlights the famed American economist who pioneered the use of economics to understand how decisions are made collectively—particularly in politics.