Stephen Moore


Stephen Moore is the director of fiscal policy studies at the Cato Institute.

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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.

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Champion of Liberty

by Stephen Moorevia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

The accomplishments of Milton Friedman—and why we still miss him. By Stephen Moore.

WHAT, U.S. WORRY? Is the United States Losing Its Competitive Edge?

with Craig Barrett, Stephen Moore, Peter A. Thielvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

In the last decade and a half, India and China have both engaged in extensive economic reforms, in effect bringing their joint population of some 2.3 billion into the worldwide system of capitalism and free trade. Those 2.3 billion people, many of whom are extremely well educated, are by and large willing to work harder and for less pay than are Americans. Are India and China's expanding and modernizing economies threatening America's long global dominance of science, technology, and industry? If so, what should we do about it? Peter Robinson speaks with Craig Barrett, Stephen Moore, and Peter A. Thiel.


with Alan Auerbach, Stephen Moorevia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, June 27, 2002

Just two years ago, in the 2000 fiscal year, the annual federal budget had a surplus of $236 billion. Now the federal government is facing a budget deficit of more than $150 billion, possibly much more. And whereas during the presidential campaign of 2000, the candidates were debating how to spend trillions in expected future surpluses, the Congressional Budget Office is now projecting a cumulative $1 trillion deficit by 2011. What happened to the surplus, and what is to blame for the return of the deficit? Is it President Bush's tax cut? Or was it the recession of 2001 and the war on terrorism? In light of the deficit, what should we make of the president's budget plans?

Getting Business Off the Dole

by Stephen Moorevia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 30, 1999

Who are America’s costliest welfare recipients? Not unemployed men or single mothers, but the companies of the Fortune 500. Hoover visiting fellow Stephen Moore analyzes an outrage.

CENSUS AND SENSIBILITY: Population and Resources

with Gretchen Daily, Tom McMahon, Stephen Moorevia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, October 21, 1998

Two thousand years ago, the Earth had about 250 million people. Today it has six billion people. Is six billion too many for Planet Earth? Gretchen Daily, Research Scientist, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University, Tom McMahon, Executive Director, Californians for Population Stabilization, and Stephen Moore, Visiting Scholar, Hoover Institution, Director of Fiscal Policy Studies, Cato Institute discuss whether our resources are being depleted beyond sustainable limits, or will human ingenuity continue to support an expanding population.

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The Life and Death of American Cities

by Stephen Moorevia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 1998

Stephen Moore examines the proposition that immigrants impose burdens on the cities where they live, acting as an economic drag. The facts, he finds, suggest otherwise.

The Unconstitutional Congress

by Stephen Moorevia Policy Review
Saturday, April 1, 1995

The GOP Misses the Best Argument for Limiting Government