Donald Lavoie

Donald Lavoie
  • Discipline: Economics
  • Organization: George Mason University

We at the Institute for Humane Studies are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Professor Don Lavoie. Don was a creative thinker, a significant Austrian economist who felt at home in a wide range of disciplinary fields, an influential mentor, and a passionate advocate of freedom. To those who knew him, however, he was most of all a warm and engaging friend and colleague. Don will be sorely missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to Don's family--his wife Mary, and his children, John, Mark, and Gabi.

His research focused on the use of knowledge in economics and organizational contexts. He is best known as author of two books published in 1985, Rivalry and Central Planning and National Economic Planning: What is Left? Most recently, Lavoie wroteCulture and Enterprise: the Development, Representation, and Morality of Business.