Kevin Hassett

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Kevin Hassett is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Hassett recently served as the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers since 2017. 

Prior to his White House service, Hassett was an economist at the American Enterprise Institute. He also served as a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. His academic background includes being an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, as well as a visiting professor at New York University’s Law School. He has also been a consultant to the U.S. Treasury Department, and an advisor to various presidential campaigns. 

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Kevin Hassett Says Trump’s Trade War Is Worth the Cost

interview with Kevin Hassettvia The Atlantic
Sunday, September 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Kevin Hassett discusses China and the US-China trade war.

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You May Be Experiencing Secular Stagnation

quoting Kevin Hassettvia NPR
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Feeling sluggish? Having trouble achieving and maintaining productivity growth? Does it feel like investment will never, ever go up? You may be experiencing secular stagnation.


Former White House Chief Economist: The Case For The Trump Economy

by Kevin Hassettvia CNN Business
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Before President Donald Trump was elected in 2016, the US economy was inching along with 1.5% growth. Many economists were so convinced the stagnation was here to stay that they called it the "new normal." After the president took office and began pursuing his agenda's three pillars of deregulation, tax cuts and trade reform, the "new normal" crowd said it couldn't work.

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Reacting to the Spending Spree: Policy Changes We Can Afford

by Terry Anderson, Jagdish Bhagwati, Charles Calomiris, Richard A. Epstein, Stephen Haber, Kevin Hassett, James Huffman, F. Scott Kieff, Gary D. Libecap, Henry E. Smithvia Hoover Institution Press
Monday, April 27, 2009

In this nine-chapter volume, the authors examine the challenges the Obama administration faces today, and in the foreseeable future, and the administration’s planned responses.