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Social Safety Nets

by John F. Cogan, Edward Paul Lazear, Lee Ohanian, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Thursday, July 11, 2019

The federal government spends trillions of dollars each year on social safety net programs that take many different forms. Some provide cash assistance, and others provide health care, food, or housing. With so much money being spent on so many programs, it can be difficult to comprehend the extent of the US social safety net, its effectiveness, and its shortcomings. 

Perspectives on Policy

Explaining Political Uncertainty

by David Bradyvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The country is currently facing electoral and political instability due to economic and demographic changes that are breaking apart existing voting blocs. This instability will continue until one party finds a dominant set of issues that attracts a winning coalition of voters. Stabilizing the political landscape will require party coalitions to address critical issues like immigration, inequality, worker insecurity, environmental challenges, and trade in a way that brings together a stable majority of voters.

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot Camp

Lessons From The Hoover Institution Policy Boot Camp Video Series

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution's PolicyEd program is launching a new video series "Lessons from the Hoover Institution Policy Boot Camp," featuring lectures from the intensive, one-week program available to a select group of college students, recent graduates, and young professionals. Covering the economic, political, and social aspects of United States public policy, this new video series makes this exclusive educational content available to everyone.

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot Camp

Understanding Monetary Policy With John B. Taylor

by John B. Taylorvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Monetary policy plays a critical role in the economy. Central banks use monetary policy to promote robust economic growth and to stabilize the economy when growth is uneven. The independence of central banks allows them to make difficult decisions in the face of political pressure. Understanding monetary policy can help us avoid future recessions or financial crises.

Blueprint for America

The Domestic Landscape: Blueprint For America

by Michael J. Boskinvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Economic policies are the critical foundation for raising living standards, growing government revenue for necessary national purposes, and reducing social conflict. 

Policy Insights

Public Pensions

featuring Joshua D. Rauh, Russ Roberts, Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Public pension funds around the country have failed to set aside sufficient money to honor the pension promises they’ve made to workers in the public sector.


What Democratic Socialism Does To Economic Prosperity

by Lee Ohanianvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Democratic socialism diminishes economic prosperity and ultimately requires a return to market-based policy.

Perspectives on Policy

Managing The China Challenge

by Larry Diamondvia PolicyEd
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Due to China’s covert, coercive, and corrupting efforts to gain cultural and informational influence, America must reevaluate its relationship with China and find ways to counter its attempts to manipulate American entities.


A New Nuclear Strategy For 21st Century Realities

by James Goodbyvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Failing to move on from the Cold War mindset about nuclear weapons encourages their development and increases the risk that they will be used.

Policy Insights

The US Debt—Causes And Consequences

featuring John B. Taylor, Michael J. Boskin, John F. Cogan, John H. Cochrane, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The federal government is borrowing at unprecedented rates. Spending regularly exceeds revenue, and this shortfall is predicted to grow dramatically in the near future. The result is a large and growing federal debt that threatens future Americans’ prosperity and security. What are the consequences of this higher federal debt and what can we do about it?


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.

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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