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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. 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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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

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    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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    The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Crisis

    Seth Berkley & Werner Hoyer explain why global leaders must urgently introduce equitable pandemic-response mechanisms.
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    Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge

    Chris Patten urges the UK prime minister to join the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party after a disastrous year.
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    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.
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    QE with Chinese Characteristics?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng urge China to use monetary policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges it faces.
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    Why Europe and Latin America Need Each Other

    Josep Borrell urges European Union and Latin American leaders to revive momentum toward a long-overdue trade agreement.

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