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Analysis and Commentary

Big Question at Fund-Bank Meetings: What’s With QE3?

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Monday, October 14, 2013

While the shutdown-debt limit talks continue in Washington, thousands of financial people from the private and the public sectors throughout the world (including me) crowded into town this weekend ...

Analysis and Commentary

Higher College Costs and its Consequences

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Monday, October 14, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

How to Stop Lurching From One Budget Crisis to the Next

by Michael J. Boskinvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 14, 2013

Regardless of how the government shutdown and debt-ceiling fight plays out, our political leaders will eventually have to negotiate meaningful spending cuts and entitlement reforms. Otherwise, the country will lurch from one stalemate-and-crisis to another.

In the News

The Yellen Fed? Precise and Predictable

with John B. Taylorvia New York Times
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wall Street investors hope that a Federal Reserve under Janet L. Yellen will telegraph its intentions to the markets, particularly as it tapers efforts to kindle growth.

Analysis and Commentary

Where the New Chair Might Lead the Fed

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Congratulations to Janet Yellen. The new chair’s most important challenge, in my view, is to lead the Fed toward a more predictable, less interventionist, more rules-based monetary policy of the ki...

Analysis and Commentary

The Uncertainty Debate: Now a Hot Research Topic

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Monday, October 7, 2013

The impact of uncertainty—in particular policy uncertainty—is a hot topic of debate in the press and the blogosphere.  So the Dallas Fed decided to hold a conference last week to explore the issue....

Analysis and Commentary

Ceilings on Government Debt, Taxes, and Government Spending

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Interviews

What Will It Take to Get the Economy Moving?

with John B. Taylorvia Update-1 (National Press Club)
Thursday, October 3, 2013

October 3, 2013

Analysis and Commentary

A Candid Exchange of Different Views of the Crisis

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Yesterday the Hoover Institution and the Brookings Institution held an unusual joint conference on “The U.S. Financial System – Five Years after the Crisis.”   Roughly half the participants were at...

Analysis and Commentary

Can Government Programs be Cut Back?

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, September 29, 2013

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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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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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