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Economic policies for the 21st century

Caroline A. Baum

Caroline A. Baum has been writing about the U.S. economy since 1987, first at Dow Jones and, for the last 16 years, at Bloomberg News. Ms. Baum’s work has appeared in Barron’s, The National Review, Bloomberg Markets, Bloomberg Personal, and The International Economy. Ms. Baum appeared regularly on Bloomberg TV and radio. She hosted her own weekend radio talk show, No Nonsense, in 2002-2003. She has made guest appearances on NPR and local business and financial news radio shows across the country. Her book, Just What I Said, was published in August 2005. Ms. Baum was named one of the 15 most important economic journalists by The Daily Beast and received the National Headliner Award for wire service/commentary in 2004 and 2005. She won the Newswomen's Club of New York first-place award for wire service commentary in 2001 and again in 2006 and was a finalist for the Bastiat Prize in 2012. She holds a B.A. in political science from Tufts University and an M.A. in cinema studies from New York University.

Charles Blahous

Charles Blahous is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a public trustee for Social Security and Medicare. He specializes in domestic economic policy and retirement security (with an emphasis on Social Security and employer-provided defined-benefit pensions), as well as federal fiscal policy, entitlements, demographic change, and health-care reform. Blahous is the author of Social Security: The Unfinished Work and Pension Wise: Confronting Employer Pension Underfunding and Sparing Taxpayers the Next Bailout, as well as the influential study,“The Fiscal Consequences of the Affordable Care Act.” He was formerly the deputy director of President Bush’s National Economic Council, special assistant to the president for economic policy, and executive director of the bipartisan President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security. Blahous received his PhD in computational quantum chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and his BA from Princeton University.

Charles W. Calomiris

Charles W. Calomiris is the Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions at Columbia Business School and a Professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a member of the Financial Economists Roundtable, a member of the Shadow Open Market Committee, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Professor Calomiris co-directs the Hoover Institution’s Program on Regulation and the Rule of Law, and is co-managing editor of the Journal of Financial Intermediation. His recent book with Stephen Haber, Fragile By Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit (Princeton 2014) was named one of the 2014 books of the year by the Financial Times and by Bloomberg Businessweek. Professor Calomiris served on the International Financial Institution Advisory Commission, a Congressional commission to advise the U.S. government on the reform of the IMF, the World Bank, the regional development banks, and the WTO. His research spans segovernment on the reform of the IMF, the World Bank, the regional development banks, and the WTO. His research spans several areas, including banking, corporate finance, financial history, monetary economics, and economic development. He received a B.A. in economics from Yale University in 1979 and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 1985.

Jon Hartley

Jon Hartley is the co-founder of LaborStats and Real Time Macroeconomics LLC, a financial technology firm that provides real-time, high frequency macroeconomic indicators of the labor market derived from web scraped online data. In addition to being a Forbes economics and finance contributor, Jon's writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Times, and The Huffington Post. Jon previously worked at Goldman Sachs in their Quantitative Investment Strategies (QIS) group, working on their liquid alternative investment platform. Prior to that, he worked as an economic researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and as a statistician with the Dallas Cowboys. Jon also had a cameo in The Wolf of Wall Street and appeared on the film’s poster. He graduated with an A.B. in Mathematics and Economics with honors from the University of Chicago. He is also on the advisory committee of the Manhattan Institute's Young Leaders Circle.

Tom Miller 

Tom Miller is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies health policy and regulation. He previously was a former senior health economist for the Joint Economic Committee (JEC). A former trial attorney, journalist, and sports broadcaster, Mr. Miller is the co-author of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong For America and heads the American Enterprise Institute's "Beyond Repeal & Replace" health reform project. He has testified before Congress on issues including the uninsured, health care costs, health care competition. high-risk pools, Medicare prescription drug benefits, health insurance tax credits, genetic information, Social Security, and federal reinsurance of catastrophic events. He received a J.D. from Duke University and his B.A. from New York University.

Paul H. Rubin

Paul H. Rubin is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics at Emory University, former Editor of Managerial and Decision Economics, and Past President of the Southern Economic Association. He is associated with the Technology Policy Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Independent Institute. Dr. Rubin has been a Senior Economist at President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers, and has held senior positions U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, and has been a consultant. He has taught economics at Emory, the University of Georgia, City University of New York, VPI, and George Washington University Law School. Dr. Rubin has written or edited eleven books, and published over two hundred and fifty articles and chapters on economics, law, regulation, and evolution in professional journals, and he frequently contributes to the Wall Street Journal. His work has been cited in the professional literature over 8,400 times. He has addressed numerous business, professional, policy, government and academic audiences. Dr. Rubin received his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati in 1963 and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1970.

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