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Perspectives on Policy

The High Cost Of Good Intentions

by John F. Coganvia PolicyEd
Monday, September 24, 2018

Entitlements grow over time because of a force called “the equally worthy claim,” where eligibility for benefits continually expands until programs no longer resemble their initial, honorable intentions. Over time, entitlements programs have grown into a costly and complex system. Reforms should focus on preserving the programs’ original intentions and putting them back on a sustainable fiscal path.

Perspectives On Policy: Hoover Institution Launches New Video Series

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Hoover Institution is releasing a new series of videos, Perspectives on Policy, that feature its scholars accompanied by visuals that enliven and emphasize key points of their research and analysis. The metaphors and illustrations create an engaging narrative to bring policy scholarship to life, especially for audiences that are less receptive to charts, graphs, and conventional depictions of data. 

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.


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.

Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs

via PolicyEd
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

This series animates succinct policy explanations from various talks, podcasts, and presentations given by policy experts. These videos explain first principles and real world examples in a way that are easy to understand and share with your friends.


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.

Policy Insights

Economic Growth

by John B. Taylor, John H. Cochrane, Michael J. Boskin, John F. Coganvia PolicyEd
Monday, July 23, 2018

America’s economy may seem stable at first glance but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s doing well. While many believe that our economy is at its best under the circumstances, history shows a different picture.

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.


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