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Policy Insights

Thinking About Long-Term Debt

by John F. Cogan, John H. Cochrane, Michael J. Boskin, Joshua D. Rauh, Richard A. Epstein, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Whether they’re overlooking skyrocketing federal debt or unfunded state pension obligations, lawmakers continue to make short-run budget decisions that will disproportionately burden future generations. How big are these problems, and are there any good solutions?

Friedman Fundamentals

Liberal, Classical Liberal, Libertarian

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The embrace of liberty is the marker of true liberalism. But the term “liberal” has changed over time.

The Human Prosperity Project

How The Constitution Prevents Socialism

by John Yoovia PolicyEd
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Constitution was designed to protect individual liberties and prevent the centralization of power, making it uniquely suited to resist socialism.

Policy Stories

Better Pay, Better Teachers

by Eric Hanushekvia PolicyEd
Monday, October 12, 2020

Improving public education requires significantly enhancing teacher salaries, but also tilting compensation toward the most effective teachers.

The Human Prosperity Project

Lessons From Socialism In East Germany

by Russell A. Bermanvia PolicyEd
Thursday, October 8, 2020

The experiences of East and West Germany after World War II offer an insightful comparison that highlights socialism’s empty promise of prosperity.


Pandemic Pricing: Why Prices Need To Rise During Emergencies

by Russ Robertsvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Laws that stop prices from rising in emergencies lead to shortages that leave everyone worse off.

Policy Briefs

John Cogan On The The Negative Effects Of High Taxes

by John F. Coganvia PolicyEd
Thursday, October 1, 2020

John Cogan clarifies why higher tax rates often do not lead to greater tax revenue.

Perspectives on Policy

How Government Policy Inflates Health Care Costs: The Curse Of Cross Subsidies

by John H. Cochranevia PolicyEd
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Health care prices are expensive in America, in part due to government-enforced cross subsidies.

Friedman Fundamentals

Free Trade

via PolicyEd
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Free trade leads to more economic activity and greater standards of living.

Policy Insights

The Electoral College

featuring John H. Cochrane, Morris P. Fiorina, David Davenport, Richard A. Epstein, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tis the season—the presidential election season that is. Election officials are busy printing ballots. Pollsters are making phone calls. And candidates, parties, and special interest groups are spending millions of dollars to convince you that one candidate is superior to the other.


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