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Testimony on the Credit Crunch

by Darrell Duffievia Analysis
Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Testimony before Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

The Way Back to Stability and Growth in the Global Economy: The Mayekawa Lecture

by John B. Taylorvia Analysis
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Presented at the 2008 International Conference: Frontiers in Monetary Theory and Policy 
The Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies 
Bank of Japan 

Mortgage Delinquencies and Foreclosures

by Kenneth E. Scottvia Analysis
Monday, May 5, 2008

Statement of the Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee

Putting Our House in Order: A Guide to Social Security and Health Care Reform

Putting Our House in Order: A Guide to Social Security and Health Care Reform

by George P. Shultz, John Shovenvia W. W. Norton & Company
Thursday, April 17, 2008

Of all the issues swirling around the 2008 election, the staggering projected costs for the upkeep of America's largest entitlement programs—Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—loom with gathering intensity.

Analysis and Commentary

The Coming Tax Bomb

by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbardvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, April 8, 2008

As the presidential campaign enters its final stages, there will be increased debate over budget priorities and how they will be paid for...

Professor Bruce Thornton of Cal State Fresno

Peter Robinson interviews Fresno State Classicist Bruce Thornton about his new book Decline and Fall: Europe's Slow Suicide.

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Bruce Thorntonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, March 10, 2008

In his new book, Decline and Fall: Europe’s Slow Motion Suicide, Bruce Thornton asserts that Europe has turned its back on the Western tradition to which it owes its greatness. It has abandoned pride in the nation, discarded traditional Christianity, and, in so doing, is without unifying values, ideals, and beliefs. But if Europe is still democratic, and if it still embraces the free market, why should anyone care that Judaeo-Christian religious beliefs are slipping away. The answer lies in the coinciding rise of radical Islam. (35:45) Video transcript

Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy

by John B. Taylor
Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Testimony before the Committee on Financial Services 
U.S. House of Representatives 

Thomas Sowell is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy

Peter Robinson speaks with Thomas Sowell about his new book Economic Facts and Fallacies

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, February 25, 2008

Peter Robinson speaks with Thomas Sowell about his new book Economic Facts and Fallacies in which Sowell exposes some of the most popular fallacies about economic issues. Sowell takes on the conventional thinking on a wide swath of America’s economic life, from male-female economic differences to income stagnation, executive pay, and social mobility to economics of higher education. In all cases he demonstrates how economics relates to the social issues that deeply affect our country. (33:21) Video transcript

The Costs and Benefits of Deviating from the Systematic Component of Monetary Policy

by John B. Taylorvia Analysis
Friday, February 22, 2008
Keynote Address at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco 
Conference on "Monetary Policy and Asset Markets” 

A Black Swan in the Money Market

by John B. Taylor
Thursday, February 21, 2008

John B. Taylor and John C. Williams, Working Group paper, updated April 2, 2008.

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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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Archive of Working Papers on Economic Policy

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John B. Taylor

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

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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