Casey B. Mulligan


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,, and other blogs and periodicals.

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Grumpy Economist: What’s In The Reconciliation Bill? A Conversation With Casey Mulligan

interview with Casey B. Mulliganvia The Grumpy Economist | A Podcast with John H. Cochrane
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The  incentives and disincentives in the reconciliation bill.

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An Analysis Of Vice President Biden’s Economic Agenda: The Long Run Impacts Of Its Regulation, Taxes, And Spending

by Kevin Hassett, Casey B. Mulligan, Timothy Fitzgerald, Cody Kallenvia Analysis
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

This report explores the potential impact of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s proposals on the economy as a whole. We conclude that in the long run, Biden’s agenda would reduce full time equivalent employment per person by about 3 percent, the capital stock per person by about 15 percent, real GDP per capita by more than 8 percent, and real consumption per household by about 7 percent.

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Economic Savvy In The White House

by David R. Henderson featuring Casey B. Mulliganvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 8, 2020

A new book insists there’s a method to Trump’s tweeting on the economy, and explores a string of consumer-friendly victories for which the president gets little credit.


"You're Hired" Mulligan Review

by John H. Cochrane featuring Casey B. Mulliganvia The Grumpy Economist
Saturday, September 26, 2020

"You're Hired!" is Casey Mulligan's memoir of a year spent as Chief Economist of the Council of Economic Advisers.

In the News

Sullivan Is Confident Payroll Tax Suspension Will Hasten Recovery

mentioning Casey B. Mulliganvia Patch
Saturday, September 5, 2020

BROOKFIELD – David X. Sullivan, the Republican candidate in the Fifth Congressional District, says GOP President Donald Trump's recent payroll tax suspension has helped boost the economy.

In the News

Former WH Economist: Offer Back-To-Work Incentives To Promote Growth

featuring Casey B. Mulliganvia NewsMax
Monday, August 24, 2020

The economic crisis that has spread across the world, especially in the United States, by the coronavirus is particularly felt by the small business community throughout America.

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Casey Mulligan: Giving Extra Money To People On Unemployment Will Ultimately Deflate The Economy

interview with Casey B. Mulliganvia KTSA
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Hoover Institution fellow Casey Mulligan discusses whether giving extra money to people on unemployment would negatively affect the economy. There are certain industries like travel that deserve special programs for situations like this but does everyone deserve to qualify?
In the News

Trump’s Trillion-Dollar Choice

quoting Casey B. Mulliganvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, August 7, 2020

As negotiations for another giant spending bill proceed in Washington, President Trump faces a choice. Does he do another deal giving Speaker Nancy Pelosi most of what she wants, perhaps splitting the GOP in the process? Or does he press his own economic agenda and, if the Speaker blocks it, take that to the voters in November?


Casey Mulligan: Progress Slow On Virus Relief Bill As Negotiations Continue

interview with Casey B. Mulliganvia WTTW
Monday, August 3, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Casey Mulligan discusses the government's response to COVID-19 as well as extending the $600-per-week pandemic jobless benefit.

Analysis and Commentary

A True Economic Stimulus Plan

by Casey B. Mulligan, Stephen Moorevia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Don’t extend benefits for unemployment. Suspend the payroll tax to spur work and growth.