How Not to Fix the Economy
Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Author(s): Michael J. Boskin
Keywords: Economy; Recession
Coverage: United States
Six years into the expansion that followed the 2001 recession, the post-Y2K collapse of the stock market bubble, and the terrorist attacks, the economy was slowing and the risk of recession growing rapidly. What is the proper role of economic policy in dealing with these problems? Bailouts, protectionism, higher tax rates, new spending—these are supposed to help?
This essay appeared in the Wall Street Journal on November 13, 2007