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The World Economy In 2018

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Thursday, December 21, 2017

In the tenth year since the start of the global financial crisis, the US economy reached a new high-water mark, and the global economy exceeded expectations. But whether these positive trends continue in 2018 will depend on a variety of factors, from fiscal and monetary policymaking to domestic politics and regional stability.

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The Libertarian: How Housing Got So Expensive

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The hidden forces behind the affordable housing crisis in some of America's largest cities.

The Numbers GameFeatured

The Numbers Game: How Is The Middle Class Doing?

by Russell Robertsvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Is it true that the wages for those in the middle class have been stagnant since the 1970s? Watch the 1st video in the new animated series The Numbers Game, in which Hoover Research Fellow Russ Roberts discusses the challenges of accurately measuring and understanding the economy and economic policy.

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Effective Financial Reform

by John H. Cochrane via
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Financial crises come from bank runs. An innovative way to prevent bank runs is to use equity-financed banking. Equity-financed banks would replace debt with equity as their method of financing and back up all deposits with liquid assets like Treasury bonds. Since it would not hold any debt, bank runs would become a thing of the past.

In the News

A Tale Of Two Directors

quoting Adam J. Whitevia The Washington Free Beacon
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reported to work on Monday unclear as to who, exactly, was directing their agency.


Adam White: The Trouble With The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

interview with Adam J. Whitevia The Federalist
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, its controversial history, and former CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

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The High Cost Of Good Intentions Featuring John Cogan

interview with John F. Coganvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Need for Entitlement Reform

In the News

Economists Oppose A Strict Balanced Budget Rule. Could The US Adopt A Sophisticated One?

quoting Robert J. Barrovia Cato Institute
Monday, November 13, 2017

The IGM Economic Experts Panel overwhelmingly opposes a constitutional strict balanced budget amendment.

In the News

How Banks Undermined Federal Foreclosure Assistance

quoting Amit Seru via Stanford Business
Monday, October 16, 2017

Obama’s 2009 mortgage-modification program would have helped 70% more homeowners if lenders had been better organized.

Analysis and Commentary

Hassett's Numbers Are Plausible

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, October 19, 2017

"In the long run, all of the factor owners' loss from a capital income tax is a loss to labor. Therefore, in the long run, capital-income tax revenue is a LOWER BOUND on labor's loss. Furman and Summers have it backwards." This is from Casey Mulligan, "Furman and Summers revoke Summers' academic work on investment," October 18, 2017.


Economic Policy Working Group

The Working Group on Economic Policy brings together experts on economic and financial policy to study key developments in the U.S. and global economies, examine their interactions, and develop specific policy proposals.

Milton and Rose Friedman: An Uncommon Couple