Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Think Tankers Co-Author Romney Jobs Plan

Think tankers are in overdrive cranking out position papers for the 2012 presidential campaigns.  One of the latest examples is an economic white paper released by the Mitt Romney campaign in early August.

Four conservative economists (Glenn Hubbard, Gregory Mankiw, John Taylor, and Kevin Hassett) co-authored the report titled "The Romney Program for Economic Recovery, Growth, and Jobs."
  • Glenn Hubbard is a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
  • Gregory Mankiw served as the Director of the Monetary Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
  • John Taylor is the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.
  • Kevin Hassett is a Senior Fellow and the Director of Economic Policy Studies at AEI.
The report has taken a beating from the left.  The Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF), the lobbying arm of the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress (CAP), bashed the plan.  Economist and former Clinton official Brad DeLong joined in on the bashing, along with the Washington Post's Ezra Klein.

Here and here are previous Think Tank Watch posts on Romney campaign think tank connections.