Tom Church

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Tom Church is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He studies entitlement reform, health care policy, income inequality, poverty, the federal budget, and immigration reform. He also contributes to PolicyEd, the Hoover Institution’s initiative to educate Americans about public policy.

He has conducted research on developing supplemental statistics to better measure income, poverty, and health insurance coverage. In 2015 he edited the book Inequality & Economic Policy: Essays in Memory of Gary Becker with John B. Taylor and Chris Miller. He also contributes to the Hoover Institution’s immigration reform initiative.

Church received his master’s degree in public policy with honors from Pepperdine University, specializing in economics and international relations. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and political science from the University of Michigan.

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Political And Electoral Instability

featuring David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Russell Roberts, Bill Whalen, Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Thursday, October 17, 2019

American politics feels more divided than ever. Are we at an unprecedented point in history? Are there lessons to be learned from prior periods in American politics?

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A Budget Road MAP

by Tom Churchvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The recent budget deal makes it clear yet again that neither major political party in Congress is serious about controlling government spending. While the official score of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 shows only a small effect on long-term government spending, this effect represents a permanent increase. What looked like small, temporary budget increases will in fact add $1.5 trillion to 10-year spending levels.

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Single-Payer Health Care

by Scott W. Atlas, Richard A. Epstein, Lee Ohanian, Lanhee J. Chen, Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Single-payer health care is when the government acts as the only payer of health care costs in the economy. Rather than individuals purchasing insurance for payment of medical expenses through their employer or on the open market, the federal government typically covers all such costs.

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Public Pensions

featuring Joshua D. Rauh, Russell Roberts, Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Public pension funds around the country have failed to set aside sufficient money to honor the pension promises they’ve made to workers in the public sector.

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Education

featuring Eric Hanushek, Margaret (Macke) Raymond, Russell Roberts, Paul E. Peterson, Chester E. Finn Jr., Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Education policy is complicated in the United States because of our federalist system. The federal government’s role in education is more advisory than operational. It provides a lot of guidance on the standards and goals for students, but allows states and local governments the flexibility to achieve them with varying methods. The federal government is in a position to know what we need in order to be competitive internationally. It can also be valuable in compensating students who need extra help. 

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Policy Insights: Immigration Reform

featuring Edward Paul Lazear, Timothy Kane, David R. Henderson, Tom Church, John H. Cochrane, Lanhee J. Chen, Clint Bolick, Richard A. Epsteinvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Immigration is a contentious topic. To complicate it further, immigration should often be broken down into several distinct topics. It can mean legal or illegal immigration, it can mean permanent or temporary visas, and it can mean preventing future flows or managing existing stocks.

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Which Adds More To The Deficit? Defense Spending Or Social Security & Medicare?

by Tom Churchvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Deficits are projected to permanently top one trillion dollars by 2021. And while the drivers of long-term spending growth come overwhelmingly from Medicare, Social Security, and net interest on the debt, a common claim is that defense spending is a bigger fiscal problem than entitlements because defense doesn’t have any dedicated revenue that helps offset its cost.

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Policy Insights: Free Trade

featuring Milton Friedman, John B. Taylor, John H. Cochrane, Edward Paul Lazear, Michael J. Boskin, Richard A. Epstein, Russell Roberts, Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

After a generation of trade liberalizations, many Americans—on the left and the right—are having second thoughts.

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Policy Insights: Health Insurance

by Scott W. Atlas, Michael J. Boskin, Tom Church, John H. Cochrane, John F. Cogan, Daniel Heil, Daniel P. Kessler, John B. Taylorvia PolicyEd
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Health insurance helps many Americans purchase health care. So why is it so expensive, and how can we make it more affordable?

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Policy Insights: Corporate Tax Reform

by John H. Cochrane, Michael J. Boskin, Tom Church, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Thursday, September 27, 2018

In late December 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017. A key part of the law lowered the tax rate for both traditional corporations and pass-through entities like S-corps. With so many important issues facing the country why was Congress focused on the corporate tax rate?

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