Explore Research

Filter By:






Enter comma-separated IDs of authors
Enter comma-separated IDs of contributors

Support the Hoover Institution

Join the Hoover Institution's community of supporters in advancing ideas defining a free society.

Support Hoover


The Surprising Reason To Keep The Electoral College

by John H. Cochranevia PolicyEd
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Many people believe we should abolish the Electoral College, but it serves important purposes. The Electoral College system requires candidates to broaden their national appeal and discourages extreme policy positions. Abolishing the Electoral College would worsen political polarization and partisanship.

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot Camp

Federal Entitlement Programs And The Fiscal Challenge With John Cogan

by John F. Coganvia PolicyEd
Thursday, April 9, 2020

Long-run fiscal problems in federal government are due entirely to entitlement programs. Their continued growth is imposing a large cost on society by slowing down the economy and limiting improvements to standards of living. In order to control these costs, we need bipartisan reform that preserves the values of entitlement programs while making them sustainable and affordable.

Friedman Fundamentals

How To Control Big Government

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

To limit government to its appropriate functions, we must tackle the explosive growth of federal spending.

The Human Prosperity Project

Why Communism Failed And Liberal Democracy Prospered

by Peter Berkowitzvia PolicyEd
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Liberal democracy triumphs where communism fails because it limits the government’s ability to make important decisions on behalf of its citizens.

The Human Prosperity Project

Socialism And Free-Market Capitalism: The Human Prosperity Project

by Edward Paul Lazear, Scott W. Atlasvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Human Prosperity Project at the Hoover Institution analyzes free-market capitalism and socialism to assess how each system affects human flourishing.

Policy Insights

Fixing The Way We Regulate

by Michael J. Boskin, Richard A. Epstein, David R. Henderson, Lee Ohanian, John Yoo, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Health care is not the only industry where regulations often do more harm than good. From state and local policies on housing and labor rules to federal environment and banking laws, misguided regulations can hurt the economy, reduce opportunities for workers, and limit choices for consumers.

Friedman Fundamentals

Good Intentions Gone Awry

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Thursday, March 19, 2020

When reformers create new regulations, they leave behind money and power that special interests benefit from.

Perspectives on Policy

Addressing The Housing Crisis

by Lee Ohanianvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Well-intentioned housing policies, like zoning laws and environmental rules, have made it expensive and often impossible to build enough homes to meet rising demand.

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot Camp

State Budgets: Hidden Debt And Hidden Deficits w/ Joshua Rauh

by Joshua D. Rauhvia PolicyEd
Thursday, March 5, 2020

State and local governments are not setting aside nearly enough money to pay for the pensions they have promised to their workers. As a result, taxpayers will have to make up any shortfalls in the form of higher taxes or fewer public services.

Friedman Fundamentals

How Government Power Threatens Freedom

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The greatest threat to human freedom is the concentration of power, often by the government.


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