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Analysis and Commentary

Are Government Bureaucracies Too Big?

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

Generational Mobility in the United States

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

First Principles Versus Secular Stagnation

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Friday, January 31, 2014

With real GDP and employment data now in for all of 2013, the recovery still looks about as weak as ever. Sure, it’s good news that growth picked up again in the 3rd and 4th quarter, but  the three...

Analysis and Commentary

Neighborhood Gerrymandering

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

The Great Global Unwinding

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Saturday, January 25, 2014

If there is a common factor in the recent global market turbulence it is the inevitable unwinding of unconventional US monetary policy.  Evidence for this connection appeared last May and June when...

Analysis and Commentary

Cash for Kidneys: The Case for a Market for Organs

by Gary S. Beckervia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

In 2012, 95,000 American men, women and children were on the waiting list for new kidneys, the most commonly transplanted organ. Yet only about 16,500 kidney transplant operations were performed that year.

Analysis and Commentary

Is the US in For Secular Stagnation: Déjà Vu All Over Again

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Monday, January 20, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

Valuable Dissent to the Transportation Research Board’s Special Stimulus Report

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Saturday, January 18, 2014

This past week the Transportation Research Board released its Special Report from the "Committee on Economic and Employment Benefits of Transportation Investments in Response to Economic Downturns....

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The Working Group on Economic Policy brings together experts on economic and financial policy at the Hoover Institution to study key developments in the U.S. and global economies, examine their interactions, and develop specific policy proposals. Read more...

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John B. Taylor

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Chair
George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics
Member
Wohlford Family Senior Fellow
Rose-Marie and Jack Anderson Senior Fellow
Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow
Senior Research Fellow
Buzz and Barbara McCoy Senior Fellow
Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow

Meeting of the Resolution Project

Saturday, May 22, 2010
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

The Resolution Project met to discuss in more detail the group’s Chapter 14 proposal.

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Policy Seminar on Can Government Entitlements Be Controlled: Lessons from History

Friday, May 21, 2010
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Guest Speaker: John Cogan (Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Professor of Public Policy).

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Policy Seminar on Ending the World’s Financial Plague With Limited Purpose Banking

Monday, May 10, 2010
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Guest Speaker: Lawrence Kotlikoff (professor at Boston University and author of Jimmy Stewart is Dead).

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Meeting of the Resolution Project

Saturday, May 8, 2010
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

The Resolution Project met to work out in more detail the group’s Chapter 11F proposal. 

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Policy Seminar on the Post-Crisis Role of Brazil and the Other BRICS

Wednesday, May 5, 2010
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Guest Speaker: Arminio Fraga (former governor of the Central Bank of Brazil).

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Policy Seminar on Financial Regulatory Reform...Getting It Right

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Guest Speaker: Duncan Niederauer (CEO of the New York Stock Exchange).

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Policy Seminar on the Role of Government in Financial Markets Following the Crisis

Monday, February 1, 2010

Guest Speaker: Mohamed El-Erian (CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer of PIMCO, former investment manager of the Harvard Management Company).

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Ending Government Bailouts As We Know Them

Thursday, December 10, 2009
Stauffer Auditorium

Fear that failure of a large complex financial institution can cause severe damage to the economy has created a pervasive bailout mentality among policymakers in the United States. As a result the federal government has committed huge amounts of taxpayer dollars, intervened in a host of normally private–sector activities, and induced excessive risk‐taking by people expecting the bailout policy to continue. Americans are understandably angry about a policy which rescues the people who take risks and fail at the expense of everyone else. But how can we reduce the bailouts? As George Shultz puts it, “If clear and credible measures can be put into place that convince everybody that failure will be allowed, then the bailouts, and the expectations of bailouts, will recede and perhaps even disappear.” The purpose of this workshop is to propose, present, and debate such measures.

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Policy Seminar on the Events Before and After the Lehman Bankruptcy

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Guest Speaker: Tom Russo (former Vice Chairman and Chief Legal Officer, Lehman Brothers Inc.)

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The Working Group on Economic Policy brings together experts on economic and financial policy at the Hoover Institution to study key developments in the U.S. and global economies, examine their interactions, and develop specific policy proposals.

 

Working Group Meeting - March 9, 2018
Working Group Meeting - March 9, 2018

For twenty-five years starting in the early 1980s, the United States economy experienced an unprecedented economic boom. Economic expansions were stronger and longer than in the past. Recessions were shorter, shallower, and less frequent. GDP doubled and household net worth increased by 250 percent in real terms. Forty-seven million jobs were created.

This quarter-century boom strengthened as its length increased. Productivity growth surged by one full percentage point per year in the United States, creating an additional $9 trillion of goods and services that would never have existed. And the long boom went global with emerging market countries from Asia to Latin America to Africa experiencing the enormous improvements in both economic growth and economic stability.

Economic policies that place greater reliance on the principles of free markets, price stability, and flexibility have been the key to these successes. Recently, however, several powerful new economic forces have begun to change the economic landscape, and these principles are being challenged with far reaching implications for U.S. economic policy, both domestic and international. A financial crisis flared up in 2007 and turned into a severe panic in 2008 leading to the Great Recession. How we interpret and react to these forces—and in particular whether proven policy principles prevail going forward—will determine whether strong economic growth and stability returns and again continues to spread and improve more people’s lives or whether the economy stalls and stagnates.

Our Working Group organizes seminars and conferences, prepares policy papers and other publications, and serves as a resource for policymakers and interested members of the public.

Working Group Meeting - April 9, 2008
Working Group Meeting - April 9, 2008

 


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