Casey B. Mulligan

Visiting Fellow
Biography: 

Casey Mulligan is currently on leave from the Hoover Institution to serve as Chief Economist for the Council of Economic Advisors.

Casey B. Mulligan was a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. Mulligan, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1993 and has also served as a visiting professor teaching public economics at Harvard University, Clemson University, and the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. He is codirector of the Health Economics Initiative at the Becker-Friedman Institute. He has received awards and fellowships from the Manhattan Institute, the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, and the John M. Olin Foundation. His research covers capital and labor taxation, the gender wage gap, health economics, Social Security, voting, and the economics of aging.

Mulligan has written widely on discrepancies between economic analysis and conventional wisdom.  He is the author of Side Effects and Complications: Economic Consequences of Health-Care Reform, The Redistribution Recession, and Parental Priorities and Economic Inequality. He has also written numerous op-eds and blog entries for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the Chicago Tribune, blogsupplyanddemand.com, and other blogs and periodicals.

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In the News

Trump's Top Economic Adviser Still Supports Carbon Tax

quoting Casey B. Mulliganvia E&E News
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
President Trump's top economic adviser is not backing away from his belief that a carbon tax would be an effective way to address greenhouse gas emissions.
In the News

White House Report: U.S. Economy Beat Projections Again In 2018

quoting Casey B. Mulliganvia UPI
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The U.S. economy has outpaced expectations for the second consecutive year and shaken off fears of a global recession, the White House Council of Economic Advisers said in a report Tuesday.

In the News

White House Economist Says Forecasts Of Recession Don't Make Sense

quoting Casey B. Mulliganvia Market Watch
Thursday, February 28, 2019

It is puzzling that so many private-sector economists are forecasting a recession in 2020, Casey Mulligan, chief economist of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said Thursday. A survey released by the National Association for Business Economics on Monday ahead of a conference showed that 42% of the economists expect the economy will sink into a recession in 2020 and 25% predicted the downturn would start in 2021.

In the News

Fact Or Fiction: Cory Booker Says Allowing 50-Year-Olds Into Medicare Will Help Lower Premiums And Save The Government Money

quoting Casey B. Mulliganvia IJR
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) claimed on February 4 that allowing 50-year-olds into Medicare would result in lower premiums and saving the government money. Booker is one of several Democrats who embraces “Medicare-for-all,” and he recently announced his bid into the 2020 Democratic presidential race.

In the News

White House Report Tries To Shift Trump Health Care Rhetoric

quoting Casey B. Mulliganvia The Charlotte Observer
Friday, February 8, 2019
A new report from the White House tries to shift the Trump administration's combative rhetoric on health care, suggesting changes to the Affordable Care Act under President Donald Trump do not fundamentally undermine the health law.
Analysis and Commentary

Monopolies Are Unhealthy, But High Taxes Make The Disease Worse

by Casey B. Mulliganvia The Hill
Friday, March 30, 2018

Taxes are necessary to fund worthy government activities, but taxes come with side effects. The side effects can be especially harmful in an economy where businesses enjoy monopoly power.

Analysis and Commentary

Honey, Obama Shrunk The Economic Pie

by Casey B. Mulliganvia The Hill
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Last week the White House released the latest Economic Report of the President that, following both statute and tradition, begins with a short letter to Congress from President Trump, followed by the detailed annual report of his Council of Economic Advisers.

Analysis and Commentary

At 21 Or 20 Percent, New Corporate Tax Rate Will Boost US Economy

by Casey B. Mulliganvia The Hill
Monday, December 18, 2017

Since the 1990s, U.S. corporations have been subject to one of the highest statutory tax rates in the world. The high rate has caused them to rearrange their affairs to avoid investing, especially in lines of business subject to the full rate, and thereby reducing productivity and workers’ wages.

Fiscal policies and the prices of labor: a comparison of the U.K. and U.S.

by Casey B. Mulliganvia Springer Open
Friday, August 11, 2017

This paper measures the 2007–13 evolution of employment tax rates in the U.K. and the U.S. The U.S. changes are greater, in the direction of taxing a greater fraction of the value created by employment, and primarily achieved with new implicit tax rates. Even though both countries implemented a temporary “fiscal stimulus,” their tax rate dynamics were different: the U.S. stimulus increased rates, whereas the U.K. stimulus reduced them. The U.K. later increased the tax on employment during its “austerity” period. Tax rate measurements are a first ingredient for cross-country comparisons of labor markets during and after the financial crisis.

How Many Jobs Does ObamaCare Kill?

by Casey B. Mulliganvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

We surveyed managers at small businesses and put the count at 250,000.