The Hoover Institution’s Tennenbaum Program for Evidence-Based Politics rolls out its first research projects

STANFORD, Calif., October 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Tennenbaum Program for Evidence-Based Politics is a new Hoover Institution initiative to improve the quality of information that shapes the country’s hotly contested political issues, by collecting and analyzing data and providing studies that are credible and easy to consult. digest non-technical essays and derived products. The program will begin rolling out its first projects in the coming weeks.

Made possible through the generosity of Michel and Suzanne Tennenbaum (Stanford ’75), and organized by Wohlford Family Senior Fellow and Tully M. Friedman Professor of Economics at Stanford University Michael J. Boskinthe unique program brings together scholars who represent a diverse set of policy perspectives and intends to provide the studies they produce to an audience of policymakers and other stakeholders, as well as students and the general public .

The Tennenbaum Program will benefit from the Hoover Institution’s interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and its ability to attract the best thinkers from its location to Stanford Universityas well as other leading research centers across America and the world.

“The distortion of facts and the expression of preconceived biases in pursuit of desired policy outcomes are all too common in today’s public debate,” Boskin said. “Scholars participating in the Tennenbaum program will provide context and analysis of key issues, grounded in credible data. While coming from different substantive and policy perspectives, these respected experts share a commitment to a spirit of informing debate lively and honest public on vital political issues, which is the hallmark of a thriving democracy.”

For some questions, two or more researchers will write jointly to outline the key factual information that underpins informed discussion and debate: what do they agree on? What is disputed and why? What important information or data is not available, and how can this be corrected? Why do the experts, separately, come to similar and sometimes different policy conclusions? On other issues, the authors will write in parallel, and then points of agreement and disagreement on the facts and their effects on policy preferences will be summarized and contextualized in a preface accompanying their publication.

Articles will be published on a rolling basis over the coming months. The intention is to cover the core public policy issues that are major sources of debate. New issues will be addressed as they arise, and updates for previously covered topics will be made as circumstances warrant.

The Tennenbaum program designed its initial plans based on an opinion poll conducted by Boskin and Hoover senior fellow, Stanford political scientist and chief scientist of YouGov Douglas Rivers. The survey asked a sample of two thousand Americans what they know about various public policy topics, what they think they know, and what they and their fellow Americans would benefit from knowing more about. Boskin and Rivers will continue these surveys and analyzes on an ongoing basis.

Based on the initial survey, the Tennenbaum Program commissioned a series of white papers and derivative products on the following topics: U.S. government deficits and debt and their effects on inflation, economic growth, and intergenerational equity ; the integrity of democratic elections in America; national security and the defense budget; and energy and environmental issues.

The initial group of contributing researchers includes Boskin and William G. GaleChair of Federal Economic Policy at the Brookings Institution, on the effects of deficits and debt on inflation and growth; Benjamin L. GinsbergHoover Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Election Law Expert, and Bruce Cain, Stanford professor of humanities and sciences and director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, on election laws, rules and integrity; and Arun MajumdarHoover Senior Scholar and Dean of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, and Bjorn Lomborg, Hoover Visiting Scholar and Chair of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, on Energy and the Environment.

Other white papers are in the works, including those on national security and the defense budget with a number of leading experts and practitioners. These documents will cover areas such as procurement, innovation, people, efficiency and strategy. The authors will present their analyzes at a conference at the Hoover Institution in January 2023. Articles and spin-off educational materials will be available shortly thereafter.

The next series of papers to be commissioned soon will likely include the tax system and its impacts on economic efficiency, growth and equity; student outcomes in the education system; and inflation, its causes and consequences for the economy and households.

For more information about the Tennenbaum Program for Evidence-Based Politics, visit For coverage opportunities, contact Jeffrey Marschner202-760-3187, [email protected].

Contact: Jeffrey Marschner

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SOURCE Hoover Institution at Stanford University

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