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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.

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Time to Get Growing

by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, John B. Taylor, Kevin Warshvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 23, 2017

Weak economic performance is not inevitable. 

Featured

Yellen At Jackson Hole

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fed Chair Janet Yellen gave a thoughtful speech at the Jackson Hole conference.The choice of topic, financial stability and the Fed's role in financial regulation and supervision, says a lot. Financial regulation, supervision, and other tinkering, is much more centrally a part of what the Fed is...

Fiscal policies and the prices of labor: a comparison of the U.K. and U.S.

by Casey B. Mulliganvia Springer Open
Friday, August 11, 2017

This paper measures the 2007–13 evolution of employment tax rates in the U.K. and the U.S. The U.S. changes are greater, in the direction of taxing a greater fraction of the value created by employment, and primarily achieved with new implicit tax rates. Even though both countries implemented a temporary “fiscal stimulus,” their tax rate dynamics were different: the U.S. stimulus increased rates, whereas the U.K. stimulus reduced them. The U.K. later increased the tax on employment during its “austerity” period. Tax rate measurements are a first ingredient for cross-country comparisons of labor markets during and after the financial crisis.

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The Budget Crisis in the Land of Lincoln

interview with Bruce Raunervia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, June 26, 2017

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With the end of the fiscal year deadline (June 30) looming ever closer Governor Rauner and House majority Democrats will have to come to an agreement to get the budget passed and prevent Illinois’s bond rating from being downgraded to junk, causing Illinois to lose investment-grade status.

Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner
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The Budget Crisis In The Land Of Lincoln

interview with Bruce Raunervia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, June 26, 2017

With the end of the fiscal year deadline (June 30) looming ever closer Governor Rauner and House majority Democrats will have to come to an agreement to get the budget passed and prevent Illinois’s bond rating from being downgraded to junk, causing Illinois to lose investment-grade status.

In the News

Six Terrifying Graphs That Summarize America's Public Pension Crisis

quoting Joshua D. Rauhvia ZeroHedge
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A new report from the Hoover Institution written by Senior Fellow Joshua Rauh and entitled "Hidden Debt, Hidden Deficits: How Pension Promises Are Consuming State And Local Budgets," does a masterful job illustrating the true severity of America's public pension crisis, a topic to which we've dedicated a substantial amount of time over the past couple of years. 

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Inconvenient Math?

by Michael S. Bernstamvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 24, 2017

On climate change, the uncertainties multiply—literally. 

Policy Seminar with Sir John Vickers

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Sir John Vickers, Warden of All Souls College, University of Oxford, presented “Banking Reform in the UK.” 

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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