“What does this have to do with my life?” It would be interesting to see how many times faculty members are faced with this question each semester about their subject matter. Donald Boudreaux answers his students in a modern way â€” through an economics blog he created and contributes to.
Boudreaux, 1980 Nicholls State University graduate and professor and chairman of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., comments on everything from the Yankees to the Beatles to iPods to the war in Iraq. A multitude of topics can be looked at through an economics angle at www.cafehayek.com.
Boudreaux first joined the economics faculty at George Mason University in 1985 after earning his Ph.D. in economics from Auburn. After teaching for four years, Boudreaux left to attend law school at the University of Virginia, where he earned his J.D. in 1992. In 1992, he joined the economics and legal studies faculty at Clemson University and served as a visiting professor of law at Cornell University in 1996. Boudreaux later became president of the Foundation for Economic Education in New York and returned to George Mason University in 2001.
Boudreaux says the professors at Nicholls showed him personal, enthusiastic and skillful attention that later prepared him for his career in higher education. He remembers talking hour upon hour about economics with his business professors. Boudreaux’s advice to current students is to realize that “what you learn is up to you.”
“The classroom is a launching pad for ideas; whether or not the ideas land and take root depends exclusively upon the effort you give to learning,” Boudreaux says. “And Nicholls, if my experience is any guide, is an outstanding place both to encounter ideas and to have them become part of your life.”