President George H.W. Bush and Robert A. Mosbacher Sr.
The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy was founded in October 2009 upon the request of President George H.W. Bush to honor Robert A. Mosbacher Sr., who served as secretary of commerce from 1989 to 1992. Our stakeholders are the Bush School, its faculty and students, Texas A&M University, the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library, and our donors, along with business leaders, visiting experts, and public policymakers.
"We live in a new world of global markets and increasingly diffuse political and economic power. We must rethink the domestic implications of these changes and chart the way forward." - Robert A. Mosbacher Sr.
The mission of the Mosbacher Institute is to address the most pressing economic challenges confronting the United States and world economies by conducting policy-relevant research; providing education; and engaging stakeholders in the areas of trade, economics, and public policy. The Institute is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to understanding and explaining the complex relationship between the United States and the rest of the world. We value open trade policies, data-supported research and policy analysis, government transparency, and economic efficiency.
The Mosbacher Institute’s three core programs are designed to support the Institute’s research and educational objectives relating to trade, economics, and public policy:
A distinguishing feature of the Mosbacher Institute programs is their integrated design. Each program is not a discrete operation, but contributes to the broader Institute goal of finding inter-related policy solutions. Together, the three programs create an environment where specialists from all of these areas cooperate to solve concrete policy problems using evidence-based research and qualitative analysis. The Institute’s design links fields of knowledge in ways that mirror the needs of the global future.
The three core programs have common features. Each program has a program coordinator that is a full-time Bush School faculty member actively engaged in research. Each program contributes to the Mosbacher Institute’s policy workshops, speaker series, The Takeaway policy briefs, and conferences. They are also involved in recruiting sponsors and topics for program-related Capstone Seminars.
The Mosbacher Institute activities are funded through the contributions of Bush School and Mosbacher Institute benefactors. As additional funding becomes available, we look forward to increasing our education and research activities and making a greater impact on public policy. Please consider making a contribution today. Learn more about how to give to the Bush School.
The Mosbacher Institute is directed by Raymond Robertson, who also holds the Helen and Roy Ryu Chair in Economics and Government, and sits on The Bush School Executive Committee. The Bush School dean and its Advisory Board facilitate linkages with other Bush School and Texas A&M University units and with experts in trade, economics, and related policy areas. The Institute is reviewed annually by the dean and periodically by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research of Texas A&M University. These reviews provide assessment and recommendations regarding operations, academic productivity, financial status and planning, and other pertinent parameters.