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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.

Friedman Fundamentals

A Case For Free Markets

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Competition in the free market helps prevent the concentration of power.

Policy Insights

A Better Way To Fix Infrastructure

by Joshua D. Rauh, Lee Ohanian, Daniel Heil, Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

American infrastructure is need of an overhaul. But, as we learned in the last edition of Policy Insights, government-funded projects often fail to live up to their lofty goals. The problem isn’t that dollars aren’t being spent on infrastructure. Instead, it is that the money is being spent poorly.

Friedman Fundamentals

Unions And Free Market Labor

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Unions obtain higher wages for their members by restricting entry into their occupations.


Can Medicare For All Reduce The Cost Of Care?

by Lanhee J. Chenvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Medicare for All’s promised savings comes with costly side effects.

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot Camp

Building Strategic Competence: Lessons From The Battlegrounds Overseas And In Washington With H.R. McMaster

by H. R. McMastervia PolicyEd
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

H. R. McMaster discusses how America’s strategic competence has evolved over time and how to regain a robust national security strategy.

Policy Insights


by Russell Roberts, Lee Ohanian, Michael J. Boskin, Richard A. Epstein, John B. Taylor, John F. Cogan, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Thursday, May 28, 2020

With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on the economy, some in Congress are proposing a large increase in infrastructure spending. Supporters claim that increased spending will boost the economy while ensuring future generations will benefit from improved transportation, power, and communication systems. But will increased federal spending on infrastructure deliver on these promises, or are there reasons to be skeptical?

Friedman Fundamentals

The Economic Gains Of Risk-Taking

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The economic system that advances society the most is one that enables individuals to take risks and accept the consequences.


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