Jeffrey M. Jones

Assistant Director — Operations / Research Fellow

Jeffrey M. Jones is an assistant director and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Jones specializes in welfare reform and workforce investment policy and actively studies American values and culture. He is primarily interested in redesigning federal and state welfare measures so as to encourage meaningful work and individual responsibility. His research also has a strong emphasis on the root causes of and solutions to the problem of homelessness.

Jones' poverty-related articles routinely appear in the Hoover Digest. His op-eds have been published in the Orange County Register, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, and on the FoxNews web site. He is also coauthor, with Hoover research fellow David Davenport, of a Policy Review essay entitled "The Politics of Literacy."

As assistant director for operations, Jones works closely with the director and senior administrators at Hoover to develop and implement projects essential to the advancement of the Institution. Projects he undertakes focus particularly on capital and long range planning, VIP visitors and events, and communications and outreach.

Prior to his Hoover appointment, Jones worked as a research assistant with the Solimar Research Group, where he coauthored Smart Growth in Action: Housing Capacity and Development in Ventura County. Jones also served as executive director of Promised Land Employment Service, a nonprofit organization that provides job skills training to low-income, unemployed, and/or underemployed homeless individuals, as well as other economically disadvantaged residents. He was a federal VISTA volunteer and finalist for the Presidential Management Internship program.

Jones graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois with a BA in political science. He received a master's of public policy degree specializing in economics and American politics from Pepperdine University. He lives in Menlo Park with his wife, three young daughters, and a son.

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Emergency Unemployment Benefits: Too Much of a Good Thing?

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The U.S. Senate spent the better part of its summer fighting a protracted battle over extending a program that provides up to 99 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits to millions of out-of-work Americans.

Poverty in the US

A Matter of Political Will

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, September 17, 2010

There is little doubt that our nation’s social safety net is straining under the weight of long-term unemployment and rising poverty. But this tenuous condition cannot be blamed on the Great Recession.

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Rising Poverty and the Social Safety Net: A Matter of Political Will

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia Room for Debate (New York Times)
Friday, September 17, 2010

What can government do to help the growing number of poor people in the United States...?

Start-Ups to the Rescue

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 14, 2010

No matter how dangerous the waters, entrepreneurs plunge in. How government can stay out of their way. By Jeffrey M. Jones.

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SOLUTIONS: Revitalizing American entrepreneurship

by Jeffrey M. Joneswith Hoover Institutionvia Washington Times
Sunday, August 9, 2009

Every day we're reminded of just how bad this recession is...

The Politics of Envy

by Jeffrey M. Jones, Daniel Heilvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 13, 2009

Redistribution schemes can’t reduce income inequality. What can? Education, stable families, and work. By Jeffrey M. Jones and Daniel Heil.

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Standing Up for Charity

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia Pepperdine Policy Review (School of Public Policy)
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

When Who Really Cares was first released in late 2006 the political right greeted it as a bombshell exposing the widely-held, yet fraudulent, belief that liberals are more compassionate than conservatives...

Beyond Closed Borders

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 19, 2007

Look at the biggest antipoverty success story of recent years—welfare reform—and you might see the makings of a solution to illegal immigration. By Jeffery M. Jones.

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Plight of the poor emerges as an issue

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, July 22, 2007

John Edwards' upcoming "Road to One America" tour, billed as a break from campaigning, is the former senator's most recent attempt to draw attention to the issue of poverty...

Poverty Row

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Every candidate has a plan to help the poor. What would all these ideas really accomplish? By Jeffrey M. Jones.