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

A Tale of Two Currency Areas

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Monday, January 24, 2011

They are also two single-currency areas: the dollar and, for much of Europe, the euro. The challenges facing both are monumental...

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An End to the Quick Fixes

by George P. Shultz, Michael J. Boskin, John F. Cogan, Allan H. Meltzer, John B. Taylorvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Our return to prosperity depends on permanent tax cuts, predictable policies, and sane deficits. By George P. Shultz, Michael J. Boskin, John F. Cogan, Allan Meltzer, and John B. Taylor.

Double Dips...or More

by Michael J. Boskinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Economic recovery often means multiple ups and downs. Harmful short-term policies only make the ride worse. By Michael J. Boskin.

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Why the Spending Stimulus Failed

by Michael J. Boskinvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New economic research shows why lower tax rates do far more to spur growth...

The Economic Consequences of America’s Elections

by Michael J. Boskinvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, November 18, 2010

November’s mid-term elections were a sharp rebuke to the vast expansion of government spending, deficits, and debt in the United States.

Analysis and Commentary

The Economic Consequences of America’s Elections

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

November’s mid-term elections were a sharp rebuke to the vast expansion of government spending, deficits, and debt in the United States...

Analysis and Commentary

Open Letter to Ben Bernanke

by Michael J. Boskin, Charles Calomiris, John F. Cogan, Niall Ferguson, John B. Taylorvia Real Time Economics (Wall Street Journal)
Monday, November 15, 2010

We believe the Federal Reserve’s large-scale asset purchase plan (so-called “quantitative easing”) should be reconsidered and discontinued. We do not believe such a plan is necessary or advisable under current circumstances...

Junk the Corporate Tax

by Michael J. Boskinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

There’s no better way to end tax distortions, boost growth and
competitiveness, and ultimately raise wages.

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Obama’s Difficult Fiscal Summer

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Barack Obama’s administration suffered a string of fiscal setbacks this summer. But has it learned anything in recent months...?

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