Lee Ohanian

Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Lee E. Ohanian is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of economics and director of the Ettinger Family Program in Macroeconomic Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

He is associate director of the Center for the Advanced Study in Economic Efficiency at Arizona State University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he codirects the research initiative Macroeconomics across Time and Space. He is also a fellow in the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory.

His research focuses on economic crises, economic growth, and the impact of public policy on the economy. Ohanian is coeditor of Government Policies and Delayed Economic Recovery (Hoover Institution Press, 2012). He is an adviser to the Federal Reserve Banks of Minneapolis and St. Louis, has previously advised other Federal Reserve banks, foreign central banks, and the National Science Foundation, and has testified to national and state legislative committees on economic policy. He is on the editorial boards of Econometrica and Macroeconomic Dynamics. He is a frequent media commentator and writes for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Investor’s Business Daily. He has won numerous teaching awards at UCLA and the University of Rochester.

He previously served on the faculties of the Universities of Minnesota and Pennsylvania and as vice president at Security Pacific Bank. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his PhD in economics from the University of Rochester.

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Analysis and Commentary

Payroll Taxes Are 'Regressive'? Time to Rethink That Idea

by Lee Ohanian, Kip Hagopianvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 29, 2012

Many of those who assert that the rich don't pay their fair share of the nation's bills often point to how Social Security and Medicare are funded.

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Government Policies and the Delayed Economic Recovery

by Lee Ohanian, John B. Taylor, Ian J. Wrightvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Thursday, August 2, 2012

Economic growth during the recovery from the recession of has been remarkably slow—only 2.4 percent at an annual rate in the first two-and-a-half years. The slow recovery raises a number of important economic and public policy questions.

Analysis and Commentary

The Mismeasure of Inequality

by Kip Hagopian, Lee Ohanianvia Policy Review
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Mismeasure of Inequality

by Kip Hagopian, Lee Ohanianvia Policy Review
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Focus on equal opportunity, not outcomes. To listen to Lee Ohanian and Tod Lindberg, click below.

Analysis and Commentary

Rich Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes—And Then Some

by Kip Hagopian, Lee Ohanianvia Investor's Business Daily
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Fiscal responsiblity

Stimulus and the Great Depression

by Lee Ohanian, Harold L. Colevia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 23, 2012

Neither the New Deal nor the war pulled the economy out of its worst crisis. What did? Wiser policies. By Lee E. Ohanian and Harold L. Cole.

In the News

America’s Public Sector Union Dilemma

by Lee Ohanianvia American Magazine (American Enterprise Institute)
Saturday, November 26, 2011

There is much less competition in the public sector than the private sector and that has made all the difference...

Analysis and Commentary

Stimulus and the Depression: The Untold Story

by Lee Ohanian, Harold L. Colevia Wall Street Journal
Monday, September 26, 2011

The U.S. doesn't need another war to revive the economy. We need a policy turnaround like the one in the late 1930s...

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