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Michael J. Boskin

Michael J. Boskin

Writing for PS since 2009
85 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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    Will Crypto Survive?

    Kenneth Rogoff assesses the strategies regulators could adopt in the aftermath of the FTX debacle.
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    Done With Deglobalization?

    Michael Spence sees reason to hope that the scales may soon tip back from international confrontation to cooperation.
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    The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto

    Andrés Velasco explains why FTX's collapse should sink a hyped-up lie bobbing on an ocean of libertarian technobabble.
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    Is Germany Sick Again?

    Hans-Werner Sinn pours cold water on the fantasy that European economies can weather gas shortages with minimal pain.
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    America's Silent Progressive Majority

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Now that the American electorate appears to have rejected Republican extremism, many will argue that US President Joe Biden and the Democrats should tack right to capture centrist voters. But this would be a mistake, given where voters' preferences increasingly lie.

    considers what the midterm election results indicate about voters' real priorities.
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    Big Tech Gets Derailed

    Jonathan Levy traces the origins of the sector's recent turmoil to the nineteenth-century rise of the corporation.
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    Will the West Give in to Russia?

    From soaring inflation to a deepening energy crisis, the United States and Europe are facing no shortage of economic challenges, and Russia’s war against Ukraine – and the sanctions imposed in response to it – bears much of the blame. As Russia launches new rounds of missile attacks, we asked PS commentators what the West should be doing for Ukraine – and how likely it is to do it.

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    The Techno-Feudal Method to Musk’s Twitter Madness

    Yanis Varoufakis explains that the issue is neither vanity nor public service, but rather the need to acquire cloud capital.
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    The Case for Mandating Climate-Risk Disclosure

    Timothy Meyer, et al. defend the legal and economic justification for the US Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed new rule.

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