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A New Structure for U.S. Federal Debt

by John H. Cochrane via Economics Working Papers
Sunday, November 1, 2015

Economics Working Paper WP15108

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The Follies Of Income Redistribution

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Friday, July 17, 2015

Progressives think that taxing the rich will help the poor, but only a pro-growth economic platform can help lift them out of poverty. 

Analysis and Commentary

A Recovery Waiting To Be Liberated

by John B. Taylorvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bad government policy has kept the economy caged. Here’s how to spur growth quickly.

Analysis and Commentary

It’s Not About Conspiracy Theorizing, It’s About Effectiveness

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Friday, February 13, 2015

Yesterday Paul Krugman took some pot shots at an op-ed that Paul Ryan and I wrote nearly five years ago—an op-ed that was critical of quantitative easing. Here’s why Krugman missed his mark and the QE critics are correct.

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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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Policy Seminar with Raj Chetty

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Raj Chetty, Professor in the Economics Department at Stanford University, discussed his work on “Neighborhoods and Economic Opportunity in America.”

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Policy Seminar with Joshua Rauh

Friday, April 15, 2016
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Joshua Rauh, Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, discussed his work with Xavier Giroud on “State Taxation and the Reallocation of Business Activity: Evidence from Establishment-Level Data.”

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Policy Seminar with Lawrence Summers

Friday, March 25, 2016
Room 115, Lou Henry Hoover Building
Lawrence Summers, President Emeritus and Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University, talked about Secular Stagnation and American Economic Policy.  
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Policy Seminar with Robert Barro

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Robert Barro, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University, discussed his recent paper (joint with Gordon Liao) “OptionsPricing Formula with Disaster Risk.” 

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Policy Seminar with Brad Larsen

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Brad Larsen, Assistant Professor of Economics at Stanford University, discussed his work on “Occupational Licensing and Quality: Distributional and Heterogeneous Effects in the Teaching Profession.”

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Policy Seminar with Matthew Gentzkow

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Matthew Gentzkow, Professor of Economics at Stanford University, discussed his work with Jesse Shapiro and Matt Taddy on “Measuring Polarization in High Dimensional Data: Method and Application to Congressional Speech.” 

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Policy Seminar with Steven Davis

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Steven Davis, the William H. Abbott Professor of International Business and Economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, presented his work (joint with Scott Baker and Nick Bloom) on “Policy Uncertainty and Economic Performance.” 

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Policy Seminar with Amit Seru

Friday, November 6, 2015
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Amit Seru, Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, discussed his recent work on the topic “Evidence on the Revolving Door, Regulatory Capture, and Policy Inconsistencies.”

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Policy Seminar with John Shoven

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

John Shoven, the Buzz and Barbara McCoy Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Charles R. Schwab Professor of Economics at Stanford University, presented “Life in the Slow Lane: The Rate of Growth of Potential Output of the U.S. Economy.”

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Policy Seminar with Glenn Hubbard

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Glenn Hubbard, dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School, reviewed his recent book with Tim Kane, Balance: The Economics of Great Powers from Ancient Rome to Modern America. 

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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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