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Kevin Allen Hassett is an American economist and the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. He is known for his work on tax policy and for coauthoring the book Dow 36,000, published in 1999. Prior to becoming Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Hassett was the State Farm James Q. Wilson Chair in American Politics and Culture and Director of Research for Domestic Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.[1] He was John McCain's chief economic adviser in the 2000 presidential primaries and an economic adviser to the campaigns of George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election and McCain in the presidential election of 2008. He was among Mitt Romney's economic advisers for the 2012 presidential campaign.[2]

Kevin Hassett
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Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers
Assumed office
September 13, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Jason Furman
Personal details
Born Kevin Allen Hassett
(1962-03-20) March 20, 1962 (age 55)
Greenfield, Massachusetts,
U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Swarthmore College (BA)
University of Pennsylvania
(MA, PhD)

In early 2017, Hassett was nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to become the 29th chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.[3][4] The United States Senate confirmed him with a 81-16 vote on September 12, 2017.[5] He was sworn in on September 13, 2017.

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Education and early careerEdit

Hassett is a native of Greenfield, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Greenfield High School and played for Turnbull's in the Greenfield Minor League. He received a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He was an assistant professor of economics at Columbia Business School from 1989 to 1993 and an associate professor there from 1993 to 1994. From 1992 to 1997, Hassett was an economist in the Division of Research and Statistics at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. He served as a policy consultant to the United States Treasury Department during the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations.[6]

American Enterprise InstituteEdit

Hassett joined AEI as a resident scholar in 1997. He worked on tax policy, fiscal policy, energy issues, and investing in the stock market. He collaborated with R. Glenn Hubbard on work on the budget surplus, income inequality, and tax reform. Hassett published papers and articles on capital taxation, the consistency of tax policy, returns on energy conservation investments, corporate taxation, telecommunications competition, the effects of taxation on wages, dividend taxation, and carbon taxes.[6]

In 2003, Hassett was named director of economic policy studies at AEI. During his tenure at AEI, he became an increasingly prolific popular writer, penning articles in major newspapers like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He writes a monthly column for National Review and, since 2005, a weekly column for Bloomberg.[7]

Dow 36,000Edit

Hassett is coauthor with James K. Glassman of Dow 36,000: The New Strategy for Profiting from the Coming Rise in the Stock Market. It was published in 1999 before the dot-com bubble burst. The book's title was based on a calculation that, in the absence of the equity premium, stock prices would be approximately four times as high as they actually were. In its introduction, Glassman and Hassett wrote that the book "will convince you of the single most important fact about stocks at the dawn of the twenty-first century: They are cheap... If you are worried about missing the market's big move upward, you will discover that it is not too late. Stocks are now in the midst of a one-time-only rise to much higher ground–to the neighborhood of 36,000 on the Dow Jones industrial average."[8] The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 10,681.06 on the day of the book's publication.[9]

Nobel laureate Paul Krugman argued on his faculty website that the book contained basic arithmetic errors and was "a very silly book" but regarded Hassett's role as co-author as a "youthful indiscretion."[10] Statistician and blogger Nate Silver described the book as "charlatanic" and suggested on empirical grounds that the authors had failed to notice that at the time of writing stock prices were "as overvalued as at literally any time in American history".[11]

Views on immigrationEdit

According to The New York Times, Hassett's nomination by President Trump to lead the Council of Economic Advisers, met with opposition by Trump supporters who are anti-illegal immigration, such as Breitbart, American Renaissance, Infowars, the Center for Immigration Studies and "leaders of the white nationalist 'alt-right' movement".[12] Hassett—"like most economists...believes that immigration spurs economic growth." Prior to Hassett's nomination, President Trump "broke with recent tradition and removed the council’s chairman from a cabinet-level position."[12]

BibliographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Thomas, Lauren; Mui, Ylan (February 24, 2017). "Trump picks conservative think tanker to chair Council of Economic Advisers". CNBC. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Who Are Obama's and Romney's Key Economic Advisers?
  3. ^ Michelle Jamrisko (April 7, 2017). "Trump Names Hassett to Head Council of Economic Advisers". Bloomberg News. Retrieved April 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ Long, Heather (2017-04-10). "Meet Trump's newest economic adviser: Kevin Hassett". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2017-04-11. 
  5. ^ Lawler, Joseph (September 12, 2017). "Roll call vote PN457". United States Senate. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Kevin Hassett curriculum vitae on AEI website.
  7. ^ Full listing of Hassett's Bloomberg columns.
  8. ^ James K. Glassman and Kevin A. Hassett (November 14, 2000). Dow 36,000: The New Strategy for Profiting from the Coming Rise in the Stock Market. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  9. ^ Bloomberg terminal data, for November 14, 2000
  10. ^ Paul Krugman, Dow 36,000: How silly is it?, MIT, retrieved 12 April 2017 
  11. ^ Silver, Nate, "Dow 36,000 Guy Accuses Obama of Sabotaging Economy", https://web.archive.org/web/20130125234911/http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/03/dow-36000-guy-accuses-obama-of.html
  12. ^ a b Alan Rappeport (April 12, 2017), Choice of Pro-Immigration Economic Adviser Riles Trump’s Base, Washington: The New York Times, retrieved April 12, 2017 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jason Furman
Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers
2017–present
Incumbent