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Policy Insights

Political And Electoral Instability

featuring David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Russ Roberts, Bill Whalen, Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Thursday, October 17, 2019

American politics feels more divided than ever. Are we at an unprecedented point in history? Are there lessons to be learned from prior periods in American politics?


Closing The Achievement Gap In Education

by Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

New research shows that the difference in educational attainment between students from higher and lower socioeconomic backgrounds has not changed over the past 50 years.

Policy Briefs

James Ellis On The Energy Density Advantage Of Nuclear Power

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr.via PolicyEd
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Nuclear power has an energy density advantage over every other method of generating electricity.

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot Camp

America and Strategies For The Future With George P. Shultz

interview with George P. Shultzvia PolicyEd
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Former Secretary of State George Shultz discusses the importance of strengthening our nation’s leadership, the impact other countries have on the United States, and the dangers of making empty threats.

Blueprint for America

Blueprint For America: The Art And Practice Of Governance

by George P. Shultzvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Managing governmental spending, guiding private enterprise, maintaining global alliances, and educating the next generation are America’s top priorities that have not changed over time. However, good governance is needed to sustain and realize these long-term goals.

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot Camp

Economic Growth And Immigration With Edward P. Lazear

by Edward Paul Lazearvia PolicyEd
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Federal policy on spending, tariffs, and immigration influence the labor force and long-term investment in the economy.

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot Camp

Chapter Four: Answering Questions With Edward P. Lazear

by Edward Paul Lazearvia PolicyEd
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Edward Lazear answers frequently asked questions about the United States economy and immigration. What are optimal tax rates? How can we help displaced workers when automation is increasing? How could we improve the current immigration system? Is the current path of welfare and entitlement programs sustainable?

The Numbers Game

Let's Party Like It's 1973!

by Russ Robertsvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The American standard of living has improved for more people than the numbers suggest.


Crime And Welfare: Two Myths Of Immigration

by David R. Hendersonvia PolicyEd
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Two of the most common objections to immigration in the United States are that more immigrants lead to more crime and more people on welfare, but a closer look reveals that these objections are misguided.

America Off Balance

Updates To The Budget Calculator

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

We are happy to announce we have updated the America Off Balance Budget Calculator to reflect the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) recent update to their 10-year budget and economic projections.



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