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Policy Briefs

Michael Boskin On When a Tax Cut Isn't Actually A Tax Cut

by Michael J. Boskinvia PolicyEd
Thursday, September 6, 2018

A tax cut is not a true tax cut unless it is accompanied by reduced spending, because eventually the loss of revenue has to be paid for.

Intellections

Carbon Taxes: The Most Efficient Way To Reduce Emissions

by George P. Shultzvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A revenue neutral carbon tax would automatically encourage consumers and producers to shift toward energy sources that emit less carbon.

PolicyEd Introduces Policy Briefs

via PolicyEd
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Hoover Institution’s PolicyEd initiative today introduced a new educational video series entitled Policy Briefs, which explores issues related to civics, environment, economics, health care, and national security. Offering key principles and real-world examples, each episode features a succinct, easy to understand, and sharable policy explanation from a talk or presentation by a Hoover Institution fellow. 

Policy Briefs

Terry Anderson Asks Who Washes A Rental Car?

by Terry Andersonvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Environmental problems result from the tragedy of the commons. In order to solve those problems, free market environmentalists look toward the one place where the tragedy of the commons doesn’t happen – in markets with clearly defined, enforced, and tradeable property rights. Property rights give people the incentive to protect their assets, and environmental problems often come down to the fact no one has an incentive to conserve the environment.

Intellections

An Alternative To Net Neutrality

by Richard A. Epsteinvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Many people worry without explicit prohibitions, internet service providers would prioritize traffic from big businesses in a way that would harm innovation and stifle competition. But the internet has operated for decades without needing explicit regulations, and remedies already exist for the types of abuses many are concerned about. Promoting competition among internet service providers offers consumers far greater protection than heavy handed regulation tomorrow.

Blueprint for America

Education And The Nation’s Future

by Eric Hanushekvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The United States used to lead the world in educational attainment, but has failed to maintain its dominant position in the last few decades. Improving its students’ educational outcomes would significantly expand the economy and the opportunities available to workers. The future of the United States economy depends on improving the education and skills taught to students, which requires a renewed emphasis on producing, rewarding, and retaining great teachers.

Examining America's Exceptional Economy

America’s Exceptional Labor Force

by Edward Paul Lazearvia PolicyEd
Friday, July 13, 2018

America’s economy benefits from its mobile society and dynamic labor force. American rates of mobility are much higher than in other developed countries. And immigrants in America come to work. In fact, workforce participation by immigrants is higher than that of native-born Americans.

Examining America's Exceptional Economy

Sustaining America’s Exceptional Economy

by Edward Paul Lazearvia PolicyEd
Monday, July 9, 2018

There are many reasons to be optimistic about America’s future. Our nation’s success has propelled us into global prominence, but to remain successful we need to maintain our exceptional economic position. If we lose it, we will be losing more than the right to claim that we are the land of opportunity.

Examining America's Exceptional Economy

America’s Exceptional Work Ethic

by Edward Paul Lazearvia PolicyEd
Monday, July 9, 2018

American workers have always been industrious, leading to long-term growth and prosperity. The American spirit is one of self-reliance and individual drive to improve our financial situation, and it hasn’t wavered much even after centuries of increasing our standard of living. Long-term investments in education and a willingness to move for economic opportunities helped America succeed.

Examining America's Exceptional Economy

Examining America's Exceptional Economy

by Edward Paul Lazearvia PolicyEd
Monday, July 9, 2018

America’s history is marked by exceptional economic development and growth. Compared to other countries, the labor market has always been dynamic and robust. Moreover, America’s long history of immigration and assimilation has helped it grow for over two centuries

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Educating Americans about Public Policy

The digital media revolution has transformed the way people obtain information and form opinions. Countless partisan outlets peddle assertions and “sound bites” as indisputable facts. Few people have the knowledge and analytical skills to navigate this torrent of misinformation. They crave credible and accessible sources of facts, analysis, and information about proposed policies and the effects of those already enacted.


The Hoover Institution

Since its founding nearly 100 years ago, Stanford University’s Hoover Institution has sought to promote economic opportunity and prosperity, secure peace, and improve the human condition. Unique among policy research organizations, Hoover is part of a world-renowned university. In addition to being scholars, our fellows are educators.

Seeking to become the foremost source of policy knowledge, wisdom, and insights, we have launched the Mary Jo and Dick Kovacevich Initiative at the Hoover Institution, Educating Americans in Public Policy. The initiative seeks to:

  • Equip Americans with accurate facts and information, as well as a discerning analytical perspective, so they can better perform their civic duties, hold their elected leaders accountable, and “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
  • Provide political leaders with reliable knowledge and analysis—tools with which they might assess alternatives in the shaping and execution of public policy.

This effort will build on our legacy of substantive policy inquiry where partisan advocacy has become the norm.

 
The Hoover Institution acknowledges significant gifts in support of its Education Americans in Public Policy initiative from the following generous and committed family foundations and individuals:

    Mary Jo and Dick Kovacevich Family Foundation
    S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
    Kurt and Julie Hauser
    E.A. and Suzanne Maas
    Frank and Mona Mapel