Michael J. Boskin

Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Michael J. Boskin is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the T. M. Friedman Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In addition, he advises governments and businesses globally.

Boskin served as chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) from 1989 to 1993. The Independent Council for Excellence in Government rated his CEA as one of the five most respected agencies (out of one hundred) in the federal government. He chaired the highly influential blue-ribbon Commission on Consumer Price Index, whose report has transformed the way government statistical agencies around the world measure inflation, GDP, and productivity.

Boskin serves on several corporate and philanthropic boards of directors, including Exxon Mobil Corporation and Oracle Corporation.

In addition to Stanford and the University of California, Boskin has taught at Harvard and Yale. He is the author of more than one hundred and fifty books and articles. He is internationally recognized for his research on world economic growth, tax and budget theory and policy, US saving and consumption patterns, and the implications of changing technology and demography on capital, labor, and product markets. His op-eds appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal and other leading newspapers. He also writes a bimonthly column on global economics syndicated in 145 countries.

Boskin has received numerous professional awards and citations, including Stanford's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1988, the National Association of Business Economists' Abramson Award for outstanding research and its Distinguished Fellow Award, the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic in 1991 for his contributions to global economic understanding, and the 1998 Adam Smith Prize for outstanding contributions to economics.

Boskin received his BA with highest honors and the Chancellor's Award as outstanding undergraduate in 1967 from the University of California at Berkeley, where he also received his MA in 1968 and his PhD in 1971.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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Analysis and Commentary

How to Stop Lurching From One Budget Crisis to the Next

by Michael J. Boskinvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 14, 2013

Regardless of how the government shutdown and debt-ceiling fight plays out, our political leaders will eventually have to negotiate meaningful spending cuts and entitlement reforms. Otherwise, the country will lurch from one stalemate-and-crisis to another.

Analysis and Commentary

The Global Stake in China’s Anti-Corruption Reform

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Transatlantic Trade Goes Global

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

The 2016 Disability Insurance Time Bomb

by Michael J. Boskinvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, July 14, 2013

Social Security for retirement and Medicare are the best known of the major entitlement programs with looming financial disasters.

Analysis and Commentary

An Investment in Growth

by Michael J. Boskinvia Room for Debate (New York Times)
Friday, July 12, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

The Debt-Growth Controversy

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Why Consolidate?

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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