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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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Archive of Working Papers on Economic Policy

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John B. Taylor

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Executive Power And The Rule Of Law Conference

Friday, June 10, 2016
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosts a conference on "Executive Power and the Rule of Law" on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 8:00am - 4:30pm.

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Policy Seminar with Terry Anderson and Dominic Parker

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building
Terry Anderson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the executive director of PERC, and Dominic Parker, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics & Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin, discussed their work on “Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations.”
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International Monetary Stability - Past, Present, And Future: A Policy Conference

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The world economy has recently been experiencing highly volatile foreign exchange and capital markets, a spread of unusual monetary policy actions, and disappointing growth and stability. These developments have led to a host of policy proposals ranging from reforms of the international monetary system built on rules-based monetary policy in each country to more interventions in the form of capital controls, exchange market actions, and macro-prudential regulations. The aim of the conference is to examine these recent developments and consider policy options.

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Policy Seminar with Raj Chetty

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Raj Chetty, Professor in the Economics Department at Stanford University, discussed his work on “Neighborhoods and Economic Opportunity in America.”

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Policy Seminar with Joshua Rauh

Friday, April 15, 2016
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Joshua Rauh, Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, discussed his work with Xavier Giroud on “State Taxation and the Reallocation of Business Activity: Evidence from Establishment-Level Data.”

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Policy Seminar with Lawrence Summers

Friday, March 25, 2016
Room 115, Lou Henry Hoover Building
Lawrence Summers, President Emeritus and Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University, talked about Secular Stagnation and American Economic Policy.  
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Policy Seminar with Robert Barro

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

Robert Barro, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University, discussed his recent paper (joint with Gordon Liao) “OptionsPricing Formula with Disaster Risk.” 

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Policy Seminar with Brad Larsen

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Brad Larsen, Assistant Professor of Economics at Stanford University, discussed his work on “Occupational Licensing and Quality: Distributional and Heterogeneous Effects in the Teaching Profession.”

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Policy Seminar with Matthew Gentzkow

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Matthew Gentzkow, Professor of Economics at Stanford University, discussed his work with Jesse Shapiro and Matt Taddy on “Measuring Polarization in High Dimensional Data: Method and Application to Congressional Speech.” 

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Policy Seminar with Steven Davis

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Steven Davis, the William H. Abbott Professor of International Business and Economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, presented his work (joint with Scott Baker and Nick Bloom) on “Policy Uncertainty and Economic Performance.” 

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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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For general questions about the Working Group, please contact John Taylor or his assistant Marie-Christine Slakey at (650) 723-9677. For media inquiries, please contact our office of public affairs.