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Central Bank Governance And Oversight Reform

via Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Edited by John Cochrane and John Taylor. A group of distinguished scholars and policy makers discuss key questions about Federal Reserve decision making, oversight, and governance, both internal and external.

The Habit Habit

by John H. Cochrane via Economics Working Papers
Sunday, March 27, 2016

Economics Working Paper WP16105

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A New Tool For Avoiding Big-Bank Failures: ‘Chapter 14’

by Emily C. Kapur, John B. Taylorvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Bernie Sanders is right, Dodd-Frank doesn’t work, but his solution is wrong. Here’s what would work.

Karl Brunner, Scholar: An Appreciation

by Allan H. Meltzervia Economics Working Papers
Sunday, December 13, 2015

Economics Working Paper WP15116

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The Working Group on Economic Policy brings together experts on economic and financial policy at the Hoover Institution to study key developments in the U.S. and global economies, examine their interactions, and develop specific policy proposals. Read more...

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Policy Seminar with Lawrence Summers

Monday, March 6, 2017
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Lawrence Summers, President Emeritus and Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University, and former U.S. treasury secretary, talked about “Responsible Nationalism.” 

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Policy Seminar with Jonathan Meer

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Jonathan Meer, Associate Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University, discussed the topic “Recent Research on the Minimum Wage.” Classical models of labor markets suggest that the minimum wage should reduce employment. 

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Policy Seminar with Michael Bordo

Thursday, January 26, 2017
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Michael Bordo, Board of Governors Professor of Economics and director of the Center for Monetary and Financial History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discussed his paper (joint with Arunima Sinha) entitled “A Lesson from the Great Depression That the Fed Might Have Learned: A Comparison of the 1932 Open Market Purchases with Quantitative Easing.” 

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Policy Seminar with Morris Fiorina and David Brady

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Lou Henry Hoover Building, Room 101
Morris Fiorina, senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, and David Brady, Davies Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, discussed the 2016 elections.
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Policy Seminar with Bob Hall

Thursday, December 8, 2016
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Robert E. Hall, Robert and Carole McNeil Joint Hoover Senior Fellow and Professor of Economics at Stanford University, discussed his paper on “Achieving Price Stability by Manipulating the Central Bank's Payment on Reserves,” written jointly with Ricardo Reis of the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

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Policy Seminar with Tim Kane

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Tim Kane, JP Conte Fellow in Immigration Studies at Hoover, discussed his research for his forthcoming Hoover Press book, Total Volunteer Force, that offers a blueprint for Pentagon personnel reform, including the Leader/Talent analytical survey and reform ideas for jobmatching, compensation, and performance reviews.

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Policy Seminar with Darrell Duffie

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building
Darrell Duffie, Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and professor by courtesy at the Department of Economics, discussed his work on “Financial Regulatory Reform After the Crisis: An Assessment.”
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Policy Seminar with Arthur Brooks

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), gave a talk on “Bringing America Back Together.” He started by arguing that the degree of polarization in America has reached unprecedented proportions. He suggested that institutions such as Hoover and AEI have an intellectual and moral responsibility to advocate the ideas on which they were formed. He believed that if such ideas were applied, the broad-based economic growth that would follow would take America away from the polarized situation it finds itself in right now. 

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Policy Seminar with Ken Judd

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Ken Judd, the Paul H. Bauer Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discussed his work on “Optimal Carbon Policy with Business Cycle and Climate Risks” and presented his paper, “The Social Cost of Carbon with Economic and Climate Risks,” joint with joint with Yongyang Cai (Hoover Institution) and Thomas Lontzek (University of Zurich).

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Hoover and Becker Friedman Institute Cohost Conference on Economic Consequences of Policy Uncertainty

Friday, October 14, 2016
Hoover Institution, The Johnson Center in Washington DC

On September 13, 2013, the Hoover Institution partnered with the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago to host a daylong conference titled “Elections, Policymaking, and Economic Uncertainty.”

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The Working Group on Economic Policy brings together experts on economic and financial policy at the Hoover Institution to study key developments in the U.S. and global economies, examine their interactions, and develop specific policy proposals.

 

For twenty-five years starting in the early 1980s, the United States economy experienced an unprecedented economic boom. Economic expansions were stronger and longer than in the past. Recessions were shorter, shallower, and less frequent. GDP doubled and household net worth increased by 250 percent in real terms. Forty-seven million jobs were created.

This quarter-century boom strengthened as its length increased. Productivity growth surged by one full percentage point per year in the United States, creating an additional $9 trillion of goods and services that would never have existed. And the long boom went global with emerging market countries from Asia to Latin America to Africa experiencing the enormous improvements in both economic growth and economic stability.

Economic policies that place greater reliance on the principles of free markets, price stability, and flexibility have been the key to these successes. Recently, however, several powerful new economic forces have begun to change the economic landscape, and these principles are being challenged with far reaching implications for U.S. economic policy, both domestic and international. A financial crisis flared up in 2007 and turned into a severe panic in 2008 leading to the Great Recession. How we interpret and react to these forces—and in particular whether proven policy principles prevail going forward—will determine whether strong economic growth and stability returns and again continues to spread and improve more people’s lives or whether the economy stalls and stagnates.

Our Working Group organizes seminars and conferences, prepares policy papers and other publications, and serves as a resource for policymakers and interested members of the public.

 


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