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Policy Briefs

Lee Ohanian On Sweden's Experiment With Socialism

by Lee Ohanianvia PolicyEd
Thursday, August 6, 2020

Lee Ohanian discusses Sweden’s experience with both socialist and free-market economies.


The Public Option's True Cost

by Lanhee J. Chenvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The public option promises to lower health insurance premiums without increasing federal spending, but Congress has broken similar promises on many occasions.

The Human Prosperity Project

False Promises: What Single-Payer Fails To Deliver

by Scott W. Atlasvia PolicyEd
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Though many believe socialized medicine will keep health care costs low, the costs of single-payer systems extend far beyond the taxes required to support it.

Policy Briefs

Victor Davis Hanson On Essential Workers

by Victor Davis Hansonvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Victor Davis Hanson discusses the need for a fundamental shift in how we define and compensate workers for essential jobs.

Friedman Fundamentals

Giving Politicians An Excuse To Spend More Money

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Thursday, July 23, 2020

Over the years, politicians have exploited the theories of John Maynard Keynes to increase deficit spending.

Policy Insights

The American Labor Market

by Edward Paul Lazear, Lee Ohanian, Russ Roberts, David R. Henderson, Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on the US economy, it is easy to be pessimistic about the future job market. The unemployment rate is in double digits and millions of households are now relying on federal unemployment benefits to survive. Nevertheless, the United States is particularly well-equipped to overcome these changes. Its economy is exceptional, and this is especially true when it comes to the US workforce.

Policy Briefs

H. R. McMaster On Restoring Confidence In American Democracy

by H. R. McMastervia PolicyEd
Thursday, July 16, 2020

America is a free and open society. Our freedoms allow us to change our government’s course if it is not performing up to our expectations. We should celebrate these freedoms and work to restore confidence in our democratic institutions.

The Human Prosperity Project

Laboring In Vain: How Regulation Affects Unemployment

by Lee Ohanianvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Many in the United States are proposing regulations that would make American labor markets more like Europe’s. But a comparison of European and US labor markets shows that the United States has delivered far better outcomes. Government regulations that increase the cost of working lead to higher unemployment and decreased prosperity.

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot Camp

Nationalism V. Globalism: Past, Present And Future With Niall Ferguson

by Niall Fergusonvia PolicyEd
Thursday, July 9, 2020

Niall Ferguson discusses the history of globalism, nationalism in America, and how populism is shaping the American political landscape.

Renewing Indigenous Economies

The Chief Joseph Freedom Index: Renewing Indigenous Economies

via PolicyEd
Friday, June 26, 2020

Explore the Chief Joseph Freedom Index (CJFI), which measures economic freedom on Indian reservations across America. Economic freedom is an important factor in driving growth, innovation, and economic mobility. The CJFI can greatly help tribal governments as they respond to problems plaguing many reservations.


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