Donald J. Boudreaux

Donald J. Boudreaux



Donald J. Boudreaux is an economist and the current Director of the Center for the Study of Public Choice.

He was previously Chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia from 2001 to 2009.

He was the president of a New York-based free market think-tank called the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) from 1997 to 2001.

Stance on Climate Change

August 13, 2006

“Those of us who recognize these important benefits of capitalism … are reluctant to yield power to governments to tackle global warming… . [I]t’s a perfectly legitimate stance for truly reasonable people to conclude that the best policy regarding global warming is to neglect it — and let capitalism continue to make us healthier and wealthier.” (emphasis added)3CEI Expert: ‘The Best Policy Regarding Global Warming Is To Neglect It’,” ThinkProgress, August 15, 2006. Archived June 3, 2012. Archive URL: 4Donald J. Boudreux. “The case for neglecting global warming,” Pittsburg Tribune-Review, August 13, 2006. Archived April 10, 2023. Archive URL:

On Covid

February 9, 2022

“Vaccination against Covid is insisted upon with the same fervor that religious zealots exhibited centuries ago when insisting upon the truths of their particular dogmas. Sensible people are naturally suspicious of such dogmatism and will resist becoming its victims,” Boudreaux wrote in an article for the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER).5Donald J. Boudreaux. “On Skepticism of Covid-19 Vaccines,” AIER, Feburary 8, 2022. Archived April 10, 2023. Archive URL:

Key Quotes

May 30, 2011

“So confident am I that the number of deaths from violent storms will continue to decline that I challenge Mr. McKibben—or Al Gore, Paul Krugman, or any other climate-change doomsayer—to put his wealth where his words are. I’ll bet $10,000 that the average annual number of Americans killed by tornadoes, floods and hurricanes will fall over the next 20 years. Specifically, I’ll bet that the average annual number of Americans killed by these violent weather events from 2011 through 2030 will be lower than it was from 1991 through 2010.”6Donald J. Boudreux. “More Weather Deaths? Wanna Bet?Wall Street Journal, May 30, 2011. Archived April 10, 2023. Archive URL:

Key Deeds

February 2008

Boudreaux was a speaker at the 2008 First International Conference on Climate change (ICC1), an event hosted by the Heartland Institute.

His speech, titled “The Environment in Economic and Historical Perspective,” can be viewed below7.“2008 International Conference on Climate Change: Video,” The Heartland Institute. Archived May 7, 2009.



Donald J. Boudreaux has published some articles in peer-reviewed publications in the area of economics. According to a search of Google Scholar, he has never published a peer-reviewed article in the area of climate.

Boudreaux has published numerous newspaper articles in The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Regulation, Reason, Ideas on Liberty, The Washington Times, The Journal of Commerce, the Cato Journal, and several scholarly journals on economics.

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