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Is the Paris Agreement QTIIPS?

Both President Obama’s 2016 signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change and President Trump’s withdrawal from that agreement today fit into a category I will label as QTIIPS. QTIIPS stands for Quantitatively Trivial Impact + Intense Political Symbolism. QTIIPS policy changes provoke fierce political battles over trivially small policy impacts. Passionate advocates on both sides ignore numbers and policy [...]

By | Thursday, 1 June 2017|

The $2T Mulvaney-Mnuchin disagreement

Kate Davidson and Richard Rubin have an excellent article in today's Wall Street Journal examining what President Trump's economic advisors are now saying about how the President wants to allocate $2 trillion in budget benefits they think will result from faster economic growth. I wrote about this question Tuesday. Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testified at the House and Senate Budget [...]

By | Thursday, 25 May 2017|

President Trump’s tax reform vs. his balanced budget

President Trump has a $2 trillion hole in his fiscal policy proposals. His numbers don’t add up. This creates a conflict between two of his fiscal policy goals: tax reform and balancing the budget. Let’s look at three elements of President Trump’s economic policy and how they interact: Last month he proposed tax reform with most of the key numbers left [...]

By | Tuesday, 23 May 2017|

re: The President’s debt tweet

For the classes I teach at Stanford's Graduate School of Business I make my students write policy memos to a friend or family member as if that person was a Member of Congress. I have done the same here. These memos are similar in style to those I used to write for President George W. Bush and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. [...]

By | Saturday, 25 February 2017|

Jobs, jobs, jobs. And also…

Last Tuesday President-elect Trump said, “My Administration will be focused on three very important words: jobs, jobs, jobs.” Mr. Trump emphasizes geography: American policies should encourage economic growth “right here in America.” Nothing wrong with that. He follows a hallowed tradition of politicians emphasizing jobs and talking about the number of people employed as if it were the only measure [...]

By | Monday, 19 December 2016|

How much advice does the president need? A simple example

How much advice does the president need? Should the president rely on just one person for advice on a straightforward policy question, or delegate a decision to a single person? Challenge #1: Any policy problem difficult enough to make it to the president’s desk is usually multidimensional. Challenge #2: The work of government is often highly interconnected. What one department does affects [...]

By | Saturday, 17 December 2016|