Lee Ohanian

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Lee E. Ohanian is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of economics and director of the Ettinger Family Program in Macroeconomic Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

He is associate director of the Center for the Advanced Study in Economic Efficiency at Arizona State University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he codirects the research initiative Macroeconomics across Time and Space. He is also a fellow in the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory.

His research focuses on economic crises, economic growth, and the impact of public policy on the economy. Ohanian is coeditor of Government Policies and Delayed Economic Recovery (Hoover Institution Press, 2012). He is an adviser to the Federal Reserve Banks of Minneapolis and St. Louis, has previously advised other Federal Reserve banks, foreign central banks, and the National Science Foundation, and has testified to national and state legislative committees on economic policy. He is on the editorial boards of Econometrica and Macroeconomic Dynamics. He is a frequent media commentator and writes for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Investor’s Business Daily. He has won numerous teaching awards at UCLA and the University of Rochester.

He previously served on the faculties of the Universities of Minnesota and Pennsylvania and as vice president at Security Pacific Bank. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his PhD in economics from the University of Rochester.

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Recent Commentary

Poverty in the US
Analysis and Commentary

Why We Continue to Lose the War on Poverty

by Lee Ohanianvia FoxNews.com
Monday, January 13, 2014

The War on Poverty has not been won is because too many Americans are not able to economically succeed without permanent and substantial government assistance.

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What Economic Recovery?

by Lee Ohanian, John B. Taylorvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Thanks to bad government policies, we are not fully out of the recession yet.

Analysis and Commentary

Prescott and Ohanian: Taxes Are Much Higher Than You Think

by Lee Ohanian, Edward Prescottvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

President Obama argues that the election gave him a mandate to raise taxes on high earners, and the White House indicates that he won't compromise on this issue as the so-called fiscal cliff approaches.


Analysis and Commentary

Equality of Opportunity, Not Income, is Needed

by Lee Ohanianvia Columbus Dispatch (OH)
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

Payroll Taxes Are 'Regressive'? Time to Rethink That Idea

by Lee Ohanian, Kip Hagopianvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 29, 2012

Many of those who assert that the rich don't pay their fair share of the nation's bills often point to how Social Security and Medicare are funded.

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Government Policies and the Delayed Economic Recovery

by Lee Ohanian, John B. Taylor, Ian J. Wrightvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Thursday, August 2, 2012

Economic growth during the recovery from the recession of has been remarkably slow—only 2.4 percent at an annual rate in the first two-and-a-half years. The slow recovery raises a number of important economic and public policy questions.

Analysis and Commentary

The Mismeasure of Inequality

by Kip Hagopian, Lee Ohanianvia Policy Review
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Mismeasure of Inequality

by Kip Hagopian, Lee Ohanianvia Policy Review
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Focus on equal opportunity, not outcomes. To listen to Lee Ohanian and Tod Lindberg, click below.

Analysis and Commentary

Rich Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes—And Then Some

by Kip Hagopian, Lee Ohanianvia Investor's Business Daily
Wednesday, August 1, 2012