Michael Boskin

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BornSeptember 23, 1945
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of California (Berkeley)
SpouseChris Dornin
Member ofHoover Institution/Fellows, Oracle
Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Panelist at the 1991 Bilderberg, on the panel Economic And Financial Threats To The Alliance.

Employment.png Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers

In office
February 2, 1989 - January 20, 1993
Preceded byBeryl Wayne Sprinkel
Succeeded byLaura D'Andrea Tyson

Employment.png Senior Fellow

In office
1970 - Present
EmployerHoover Institution

Michael Jay Boskin is the T. M. Friedman Professor of Economics and senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He also is chief executive officer and president of Boskin & Co., an economic consulting company.[1][2]

He was a panelist at the 1991 Bilderberg, on the panel Economic And Financial Threats To The Alliance.


Boskin holds B.A. with highest honors, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, earned in 1967, 1968, and 1971 respectively. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.[3]

He joined Stanford University in 1970. He is a research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research.[3]

Boskin has been a director of Exxon Mobil since 1996. He is also a director of Oracle Corporation, Shinsei Bank, and Vodafone Group plc (1999–2008). He serves on the Commerce Department's Advisory Committee on the National Income and Product Accounts. Boskin is the recipient of the Adam Smith Prize and other professional awards.[4]

He is a regular contributor to George Soros' Project Syndicate since 2009. He was also the chair of the Boskin Commission which changed the way inflation was measured.

According to Patrick Buchanan, in Death of Manufacturing, Boskin was sanguine about the transfer of United States manufacturing overseas.

Notoriously, during the time he was an economic advisor to the G.W. Bush administration, he is noted to have said, "Potato chips, semiconductor chips, what is the difference? They are all chips. A hundred dollars' worth of one or a hundred dollars' worth of the other is still a hundred dollars."[5]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/19916 June 19919 June 1991Germany
Steigenberger Hotel Badischer Hof
The 39th Bilderberg, 114 guests