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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Policy InsightsFeatured


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. 

Policy InsightsFeatured

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.

America Off BalanceFeatured

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.

Policy InsightsFeatured

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.

Policy InsightsFeatured

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?

Policy InsightsFeatured

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?

Featured CommentaryAnalysis and Commentary

Did the Trump Tax Cut Leave Middle-Class Californians Better Or Worse Off?

by Tom Churchvia Eureka
Friday, May 25, 2018

Nearly half a year after the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was signed into law, California residents are still trying to figure out what it means for them.

Inequality and Economic Policy

via Hoover Press
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Drawing from a 2014 Hoover Institution conference on inequality in honor of Gary Becker, a group of distinguished contributors explore various measures of inequality in America and address the issue of why it is increasing. Does the United States have an inequality problem?

Basic FactsFeatured

Basic Facts: Zero Illegal Immigration

by Tom Churchvia Peregrine
Monday, October 26, 2015

The Pew Research Center estimates that there were about 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States in 2014, down from a high of 12.2 million in 2007. After falling by about one million after the Great Recession, the number of unauthorized immigrants has stabilized, as net inflows have been close to zero for several years.

Basic FactsAnalysis and Commentary

Background On The Facts: Immigration & Security

by Tom Churchvia Peregrine
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

One in ten people in the world (700 million) want to emigrate to another country, according to Gallup. One quarter of potential international migrants (165 million people) say the United States is their desired future residence.