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Michael J. Boskin

Michael J. Boskin

Writing for PS since 2009
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Michael J. Boskin is Professor of Economics at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was Chairman of George H.W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1989 to 1993, and headed the so-called Boskin Commission, a congressional advisory body that highlighted errors in official US inflation estimates.

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  1. False Advertising for the Inflation Reduction Act
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    False Advertising for the Inflation Reduction Act

    Aug 25, 2022 Michael J. Boskin sees little reason to believe that the new US spending and tax law will do what its proponents claim.

  2. It’s the Inflation, Stupid
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    It’s the Inflation, Stupid

    Jun 22, 2022 Michael J. Boskin thinks the Biden administration and the Democrats are misreading both the economy and the electorate.

  3. The Failed Bet on Russian and Chinese Reform
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    The Failed Bet on Russian and Chinese Reform

    Apr 27, 2022 Michael J. Boskin looks back at the conditions that led a generation of leaders to assume that liberalization was inevitable.

  4. Biden's Misery Index
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    Biden's Misery Index

    Feb 17, 2022 Michael J. Boskin considers the factors that will weigh most heavily on American voters' minds in this year's midterm elections.

  5. Taxing Economic Credibility
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    Taxing Economic Credibility

    Dec 23, 2021 Michael J. Boskin worries that hyperbole and budget gimmickry have derailed public policy debates in the United States.

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    The Canary in the Inflation Coal Mine

    Jonathan D. Ostry explains why central banks should pay much greater attention to shipping costs.
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    The Crumbling Nuclear Taboo

    Beatrice Fihn urges countries to refrain from responding to Russia's nuclear threats with nuclear threats of their own.
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    The Trussonomics Warning

    Jason Furman explains why all policies intended to help one group must nowadays come at the expense of other groups.
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    The Kremlin’s Suicidal Imperialism

    Nina L. Khrushcheva argues that the illegal annexation of four more Ukrainian territories will handicap future Russian leaders.
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    What Caused the Ukraine War?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

    Amid heated debates about the factors that led Russia to invade Ukraine on February 24, 2022, it helps to distinguish between deep, intermediate, and immediate causes. But while each can matter in their own ways, war need not be considered inevitable even when they are all present.

    considers the deep, intermediate, and immediate factors behind Russia’s invasion.
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    Why Businesses Misbehave

    Daron Acemoglu thinks narratives about heroic entrepreneurs and villainous tycoons are a distraction from what matters most.
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    J. Bradford DeLong on US inflation, redistribution, economic dogma, and more

    J. Bradford DeLong explains how the US Federal Reserve is undermining market and investor confidence, urges US Democrats to uphold supply-side progressivism, and proposes a straightforward approach to addressing the problems of distribution and utilization.
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    Helen Clark at Investing in Health for All

    Helen Clark delivers the closing keynote address at our October 2022 virtual event, Investing in Health for All.
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    Back to the Brink in Iran

    Amin Saikal explains why the regime may no longer be able to quell popular protest with force alone.

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