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San Jose State University Department of Economics

David S. Saurman Provocative Lecture Series

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"The Fate of America's Middle-Class: 1975-2012"

Donald Boudreaux

Professor of Economics at George Mason University and Co-Founder of the Cafe Hayek Blog




There is much political rhetoric around the economic fate of the middle class. We often hear that the rich are getting richer at the expense of the middle class and that capitalism can no longer guarantee that young people will live as well as their parents. Come listen to Professor Boudreaux explain that despite what you hear, America's middle-class has not stagnated over the past several decades.  It has flourished! Find out why and what this may mean for the future.


Professor Donald J. Boudreaux is currently Professor of Economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He was the Chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason from August 2001 to August 2009. Previously, he was president of the Foundation for Economic Education (1997-2001); Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Economics at Clemson University (1992-1997); and Assistant Professor of Economics at George Mason University (1985-1989). During the Spring 1996 semester he was an Olin Visiting Fellow in Law and Economics at Cornell Law School. His PhD in economics is from Auburn University (1986) and his law degree is from the University of Virginia (1992).


He has lectured, in 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 the Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, Regulation, Reason, Ideas on Liberty, Washington Times, Journal of Commerce, Cato Journal, and several scholarly journals such as Supreme Court Economic Review, Southern Economic Journal, Antitrust Bulletin, and Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking. [Shouldn’t all these serial titles be italicized?]

He is the author of Globalization (Greenwood Press, 2008) and has a blog with Russ Roberts entitled Cafe Hayek.

Monday, October 8, 2012

5:15–6:45 P.M.

Engineering Room 189


ABOUT THE DAVID S. SAURMAN PROVOCATIVE LECTURE SERIES: The Department of Economics invites students, faculty, and the general public to consider intellectual arguments on controversial topics. Presenters in the Provocative Lecture Series are noted for their outstanding scholarship and public speaking ability. This lecture series fosters the tradition of higher education to challenge ideas and develop critical thinking in an environment of respect for intellectual discourse. Our goal is for you to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to reach your own informed position on controversial issues. We invite you to attend, to relax, to ponder, and to enjoy the thought process. 



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