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Donald J. Boudreaux : biography

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Donald Joseph Boudreaux (born 1958) is an American economist, author and professor. He is publicly known as a Libertarian.

Views and opinions

Boudreaux has publicly criticized Nobel Laureate Economist Paul Krugman, stating that Krugman frequently 'commits elementary errors' when discussing economics.. Editorial, Pittsburgh Tribune Review. October 15, 2008.

Boudreaux argued in October 2009 that insider trading “is impossible to police and helpful to markets and investors....Far from being so injurious to the economy that its practice must be criminalized, insiders buying and selling stocks based on their knowledge play a critical role in keeping asset prices honest—in keeping prices from lying to the public about corporate realities.”

In a January 2013 article for the Wall Street Journal, Boudreaux and Mark Perry argued that the “'progressive' trope...that America's middle class has stagnated economically since the 1970s” is “spectacularly wrong.”


He is the author of the 2007 book Globalization (Greenwood Guides to Business and Economics) and 2012 book Hypocrites and Half-Wits.

He contributes a column twice a month to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and blogs at the website under the name Don Boudreaux.

Early life and education

Boudreaux received a PhD in economics from Auburn University in 1986 with a thesis on “Contracting, Organization, and Monetary Instability: Studies in the Theory of the Firm.” He received a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1992.

Other activities

Boudreaux has lectured in the United States, Latin America, and Europe on topics including the nature of law, antitrust law and economics, and international trade.

He spoke at an Institute for Economic Studies seminar on Europe & Liberty in Deva, Romania, in 2007.

He spoke at the Freedom Summit in 2001 and 2010.


  • Globalization (Greenwood Guides to Business and Economics), 2007
  • Hypocrites & Half-Wits: A Daily Dose of Sanity from Cafe Hayek, 2012

Academic career

Boudreaux was an Assistant Professor of Economics at George Mason University from 1985 to 1989. He was an Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Economics at Clemson University from 1992 to 1997, and President of the Foundation for Economic Education from 1997 to 2001. He is now Professor of Economics at George Mason University, where he served as chairman of the Economic Department from 2001 to 2009.

During the Spring 1996 semester he was an Olin Visiting Fellow in Law and Economics at the Cornell Law School. Boudreaux is now an adjunct scholar at a Washington think tank the Cato Institute.

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