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The Hamilton Review

May 9, 2023

We are happy to welcome John Cogan, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, to The Hamilton Review Podcast!

In this conversation, John and Dr. Bob talk about the national debt crisis impacting our country.

Don’t miss this important discussion!

John F. Cogan is the Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. His research is focused on U.S. budget and fiscal policy, federal entitlement programs, and health care.  He has published widely in professional journals in both economics and political science.  His book, The High Cost of Good Intentions (2017) is the recipient of the 2018 Hayek Prize.  The book traces the history of U.S. federal entitlement programs from the Revolutionary War to modern times.  His previous books include Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System, coauthored with Glenn Hubbard and Daniel Kessler, and The Budget Puzzle, (with Timothy Muris and Allen Schick).  

At Stanford, he was faculty member in the Public Policy program and a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). He also served on the faculty advisory boards for the Stanford-in-Washington campus and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. He is a recipient of the Stanford-in-Government's Distinguished Service Award and the Stanford Review’s Best Undergraduate Teaching Award. 

Cogan has devoted a considerable part of his career to public service. He served under President Ronald Reagan as assistant secretary for policy in the U.S. Department of Labor from 1981 to 1983, as associate director in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 1983 to 1985, and as Deputy (OMB) Director in 1988-89.  His responsibilities included developing and reviewing Reagan Administration policies in the areas of health care, Social Security, disability, welfare, and employment training. 

Cogan has served on numerous congressional, presidential, and California state advisory commissions. At the federal level, he has served on President George W. Bush's Commission to Strengthen Social Security, the U.S. Bipartisan Commission on Health Care (the Pepper Commission), the Social Security Notch Commission, the National Academy of Sciences' Panel on Poverty and Family Assistance, and the Congressional Budget Office’s Board of Economic Advisors. At the state level, he has served on the California State Commission on the 21st Century Economy and the California Public Employee Post-Employment Benefits Commission.   

Cogan has also served on numerous boards of directors: Gilead Sciences Inc as its Lead Independent Director, the Charles Schwab Family of Funds as the Chairman of its Governance Committee, Venture Lending and Leasing Inc., Monaco Coach Corp, and Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton CA. 

Cogan received his A.B. in 1969 and his Ph.D. in 1976 from the University of California at Los Angeles, both in economics.  He received his M.A. in Economics from California State University at Long Beach in 1970.  He was an associate economist at the RAND Corporation from 1975 to 1980. In 1979, Cogan was appointed a national fellow at the Hoover Institution; in 1980 he was appointed a senior research fellow; and in 1984 he became a senior fellow.


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