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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....

Windmills in the Netherlands
Analysis and Commentary

A Dutch Cure for the Dutch Disease

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Far too few governments rein in their countries’ bloated welfare states before disaster strikes.
 

Interviews

John Taylor on the John Batchelor Show ( 19:27)

with John B. Taylorvia John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Guests:  Larry Kudlow, The Kudlow Report, CNBC; and Cumulus Media radio. Philip Izzo, WSJ. John B. Taylor, Hoover & Wall Street Journal. James Taranto, Wall Street Journal.

Analysis and Commentary

Competition and the Efficiency of Bureaucracies

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, January 12, 2014
In the News

Blame Polarization for Tepid Economic Growth?

with Jonathan Rodden, John B. Taylorvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, January 6, 2014

Chalk up another reason to worry about intensifying political polarization.


In the News

Study Suggests Recovery in U.S. Is Relatively Vital

with John B. Taylorvia New York Times
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

Will the Real “Secular Stagnation Thesis” Please Stand Up

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Sunday, January 5, 2014

Last Thursday I published an oped in the Wall Street Journal criticizing the new “secular stagnation” view as put forth by Larry Summers in a talk at an IMF conference in November. The topic was al...

Analysis and Commentary

Recent Mexican Reforms and the Impact on the United States

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, January 5, 2014

Rethinking Macro: Reassessing Micro-Foundations

by Kevin Warshvia Economics Working Papers
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Economics Working Paper WP14103

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About

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...

Events

Archive of Working Papers on Economic Policy

Speeches and Testimony

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

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).

Event

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).

Event

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.

Event

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.)

Event

Policy Seminar on International Financial Reforms

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Guest Speaker: Raghu Rajan, Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, and former Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund.

Event

Discussion of Market Developments in Fall 2008

Monday, November 9, 2009
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Guest Speakers: Jim Coulter and David Bonderman, founding partners of TPG Capital.

Event

Policy Seminar on an Emerging Market Policymaker’s Real Time Response to the Panic of 2008

Monday, November 2, 2009
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Guest Speaker: Rakesh Mohan, former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

Event

Policy Seminar on the California Tax Reform

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Guest Speaker: Michael J. Boskin (Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and T.M. Friedman Professor of Economics) and John F. Cogan (Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Professor of Public Policy)

Event

Policy Seminar on the Fed’s exit strategy

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Guest Speaker: Kevin Warsh (Governor, Federal Reserve System)

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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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