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Michael J. Boskin

Michael J. Boskin

Writing for PS since 2009
86 commentaries

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. New Year, New Congress, New Economic Risks
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    New Year, New Congress, New Economic Risks

    Dec 16, 2022 Michael J. Boskin is guardedly optimistic about the outlook for 2023, but emphasizes the hazards of forecasting.

  2. The White House’s Adventures in Wonderland
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    The White House’s Adventures in Wonderland

    Nov 2, 2022 Michael J. Boskin thinks the Biden administration’s messaging about its policy agenda is dangerously misleading.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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    Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

    Aryeh Neier draws parallels between the regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil society and late Soviet repression.
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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.

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