Michael J. Boskin

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Biography: 

Michael J. Boskin is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the T. M. Friedman Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In addition, he advises governments and businesses globally.

Boskin served as chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) from 1989 to 1993. The Independent Council for Excellence in Government rated his CEA as one of the five most respected agencies (out of one hundred) in the federal government. He chaired the highly influential blue-ribbon Commission on Consumer Price Index, whose report has transformed the way government statistical agencies around the world measure inflation, GDP, and productivity.

Boskin serves on several corporate and philanthropic boards of directors, including Exxon Mobil Corporation and Oracle Corporation.

In addition to Stanford and the University of California, Boskin has taught at Harvard and Yale. He is the author of more than one hundred and fifty books and articles. He is internationally recognized for his research on world economic growth, tax and budget theory and policy, US saving and consumption patterns, and the implications of changing technology and demography on capital, labor, and product markets. His op-eds appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal and other leading newspapers. He also writes a bimonthly column on global economics syndicated in 145 countries.

Boskin has received numerous professional awards and citations, including Stanford's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1988, the National Association of Business Economists' Abramson Award for outstanding research and its Distinguished Fellow Award, the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic in 1991 for his contributions to global economic understanding, and the 1998 Adam Smith Prize for outstanding contributions to economics.

Boskin received his BA with highest honors and the Chancellor's Award as outstanding undergraduate in 1967 from the University of California at Berkeley, where he also received his MA in 1968 and his PhD in 1971.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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A Way Forward For Europe

by Michael J. Boskinvia International Banker
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

These have not been happy times for the “European Project”. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that by next March, the UK will make the Article 50 European Union (EU) withdrawal notification. That will trigger a difficult two-year negotiation on the terms of Brexit, which was a reaction to both immigration and overbearing, duplicative European Commission regulation and bureaucracy.

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All Aboard The Infrastructure Boondoggle

by Michael J. Boskinvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 31, 2016

Whoever wins on Nov. 8, a flood of public-works money is coming. Cost-benefit tests are crucial.

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Out Of Ammunition To Combat Recession?

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Friday, October 21, 2016

Economic forecasts for 2017 project continued frailty in the global economy, and subpar growth for most countries and regions.

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Clintonomics vs. Trumponomics

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Friday, September 2, 2016

Little more than two months from America’s presidential election, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by five points in opinion polls, nationally and in several important swing states. 

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The Tax Plans Cometh

by Michael J. Boskinvia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 11, 2016

Get ready for profound changes in economic policy, whoever becomes president.

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The Problem With Politicians As Historians

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Monday, June 20, 2016

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme,” quipped Mark Twain. For generations, political leaders have been lending credence to that observation, as they have attempted to shape their legacies, taking credit for what worked and blaming predecessors or political opponents for what failed.

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Democratic Dissonance On The Economy

by Michael J. Boskinvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Obama claims credit for an economy that Clinton and, even more stridently, Sanders are blasting.

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Should Britain Leave The EU?

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Thursday, April 21, 2016

In this, the 400th year since William Shakespeare’s death, the United Kingdom faces an existential question: To be or not to be “European.” When Britons vote in June on whether to remain in the European Union, making the right choice will require them to cut through the hyperbole on both sides of the debate and consider carefully what so-called “Brexit” would really mean for their country.

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A World of Fresh Starts

by Michael J. Boskinvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 18, 2016

How to foster growth and opportunity around the globe.

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The US Election And The Global Economy

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Big changes are underway in the US, as the country gears up to elect a new president, one-third of the Senate, and the entire House of Representatives this November. The outcome will have profound consequences for US economic policy, and thus for the global economy.

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