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Make Chimerica Great Again

by Niall Ferguson, Xiang Xuvia Economics Working Papers
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Economics Working Paper 18105

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The Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on Small Business*

by Michael D. Bordo, John V. Ducavia Economics Working Papers
Friday, April 20, 2018

There are concerns that the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA) has impeded small business lending. By increasing the fixed regulatory compliance requirements needed to make business loans and operate a bank, the DFA disproportionately reduced the incentives for all banks to make very modest loans and reduced the viability of small banks, whose small-business share of C&I loans is generally much higher than that of larger banks.

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Will China Collapse: A Review, Assessment And Outlook

by Xiang Xu, Alice Siqi Hanvia Economics Working Papers
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, China’s economic and political stabilities have been repeatedly called into question. In this paper, we review long-lasting debates as to whether or not China will collapse and explain why we believe China is not going to collapse economically or politically. 

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Alternatives For Reserve Balances And The Fed’s Balance Sheet In The Future

by John B. Taylorvia Economics Working Papers
Friday, January 26, 2018

Economics Working Paper 18103 

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Some Thoughts On International Monetary Policy Coordination

by Charles I. Plosservia Economics Working Papers
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Economics Working Paper WP18101

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The High Cost of Good Intentions: A History Of U.S. Federal Entitlement Programs

by John F. Coganvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Friday, September 22, 2017

Federal entitlement programs are strewn throughout the pages of U.S. history, springing from the noble purpose of assisting people who are destitute through no fault of their own. Yet as federal entitlement programs have grown, so too have their inefficiency and their cost. Neither tax revenues nor revenues generated by the national economy have been able to keep pace with their rising growth, bringing the national debt to a record peacetime level.

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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 Luigi Zingales

Thursday, April 26, 2018
George Shultz Conference Room

Luigi Zingales, the Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, gave a talk on “the Financial Crisis Ten Years On.”

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Policy Seminar with Michael Bordo

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Annenberg Conference Room
Michael Bordo, Board of Governors Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Monetary and Financial History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, gave a talk on “An Historical Perspective on the Quest for Financial Stability and the Monetary Policy Regime.”
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Policy Seminar with Francesco Trebbi

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Annenberg Conference Room

Francesco Trebbi, Professor of Economics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver School of Economics, gave a talk on “Making Policy Matter: Voter Responses to Campaign Promises,” (with Cesi Cruz, Phil Keefer, and Julien Labonne).

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Policy Seminar with Steven Davis

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Annenberg Conference Room

Steven Davis, the William H. Abbott Distinguished Service Professor Of International Business and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, gave a talk on "Text-Based Insights into Stock Market Behavior."

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Policy Seminar with David Leal

Monday, March 12, 2018
Annenberg Conference Room
David Leal, Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, gave a talk on "Is Demographic Change Inevitable, and Inevitably Beneficial to Democrats?"
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Policy Seminar with Kevin Hassett

Friday, March 9, 2018
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Kevin Hassett, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, visited the Hoover Institution for a policy discussion on Friday March 9.

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Policy Seminar with Michael Auslin

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
George Shultz Conference Room, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building

Michael Auslin, the Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia at Hoover, came to the policy workshop to discuss his book project "Before Empire: American Expansion and Great Power Competition in the Pacific Ocean In the 19th Century." 

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Policy Seminar with Erik Hurst

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Policy Seminar with Erik Hurst

Erik Hurst, V. Duane Rath Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, and Deputy Director of the Becker Friedman Institute, talked about “The Transformation of Manufacturing and the Decline in U.S. Employment.”

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Policy Seminar with Casey Mulligan

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Casey Mulligan, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, discussed “The Employer Penalty, Voluntary Compliance, and the Size Distribution of Firms: Evidence from a Survey of Small Businesses.”

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Policy Seminar with Emily Oster

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Emily Oster, Professor of Economics at Brown University, addressed the policy lunch group, sharing with us a project underway studying health behaviors. She discussed "Changes in Household Diet: Determinants and Predictability.” 

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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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