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(979) 845-1532
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The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220


Contact

(979) 845-1532
bushschoolmosbacher@tamu.edu

The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220

Archived Mosbacher Institute News


2019


Permian Basin Innovation

In this tribute to George P. Mitchell, the father of modern hydraulic fracturing, the authors argue that fracking has not only spurred a US energy renaissance centered in West Texas, but also created other benefits, such as low natural gas prices for consumers, lower CO2 emissions from displacement of coal, and assistance for renewables that struggle with intermittency. The authors maintain that innovation and entrepreneurship often lead to unanticipated changes and benefits.

Read The Takeaway, “The Permian Basin: A Tribute to American Innovation and Entrepreneurship.”


WEF Nexus Takeaway

The term “water-energy-food nexus” describes the ways the three resources are heavily dependent on each other. The science of the water-energy-food nexus suggests that these resources need to be managed and governed together. But, few people know much about what nexus governance is or why it matters. This brief addresses the governance of these resources as reflected in research of the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy.

Read The Takeaway, Governing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: What it Is and Why it Matters .


Dynarski Event Poster
APR
23

Please join us for an Education Policy Workshop featuring Dr. Susan Dynarski who will speak about her research relating to inequality in education. Dr. Dynarski is a professor of public policy, education, and economics at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on inequality in education, the effectiveness of charter schools, the optimal design of financial aid, and the effect of high school reforms.

See Video Here


Takeaway cover page

The national debt is again in the news, having passed 21 trillion dollars and 100% of gross domestic product. Rather than growth generating additional tax revenues that would pay for the tax cuts of 2017, as predicted by nonpartisan economists, the US budget deficit rose 17% over fiscal year 2017. The goal of this issue of The Takeaway is to help readers understand the US federal debt and why it matters.

Read The Takeaway, Two More Reasons Why the Federal Debt Matters .


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This new issue of The Takeaway evaluates California’s solar rooftop experience by looking not only at the costs and benefits to the solar adopters, but also to the investor-owned electric utilities, to the government, and especially to the environment from lower carbon emissions.

Read The Takeaway, California’s Solar Rooftop Experience: A Report Card.


USMCA in block betters
Feb
27

Please join us for a wide-ranging discussion on the proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement featuring Jaime Serra Puche, the lead NAFTA negotiator for Mexico, and other distinguished panelists.

Find more information about the event on the North American Trade Symposium page.


Anne O. Krueger
Feb
13

Join the Mosbacher Institute on February 13, 2019, for a Conversations in Public Policy seminar on "The Economic Impact of Trump’s Trade Policy" with Anne O. Krueger, Former First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.

2018

US Congressman Bill Flores

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) fundamentally changed the economic relationship between US and Mexican workers. Research suggests that prior to NAFTA, Mexican workers competed with US workers for jobs in manufacturing, but now Mexican workers are best described as complements to US workers, and that North America is more accurately described as a single production unit where jobs grow (or shrink) on both sides of the border simultaneously. This issue of The Takeaway argues that ending NAFTA, or not approving the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), is unlikely to reverse North American economic integration, but would raise costs for those sharing production across borders, making it harder to export our products to the rest of the world.

Read The Takeaway, Why We Need the USMCA.


US Congressman Bill Flores
Nov
7

Join the Mosbacher Institute on November 7, 2018, for a discussion of "Trade and Energy Policy Challenges Facing Congress" with US Congressman Bill Flores, Representative of the 17th District of Texas.


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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in late 2017 has many nonprofit practitioners and academics in the field pondering how the tax law changes will affect giving motivation by donors. It is certainly too early to tell, but many have predicted significant decreases in charitable contributions. This issue of The Takeaway advises nonprofit leaders on some of the concerns and opportunities brought by the new tax laws.


Carolina Albuja Batallas, MPSA Class of 2019 Amanda Satterwhite, MIA Class of 2019

The Mosbacher Institute’s 2018 Trade Interns, Carolina Albuja Batallas and Amanda Satterwhite, both spent their summers working for major trade-related organizations in Washington, D.C. Ms. Albuja worked for the Organization of American States and Ms. Satterwhite worked for the World Bank's Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean. Read the spotlight interviews below to learn more about their internships. To learn more about the Mosbacher Institute’s Internships in International Trade, visit the Mosbacher Trade Internship Spotlights webpage.

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale
Sept
26

When Mattress Mack opened the doors of his furniture store to house evacuees from Hurricane Harvey, the nation was awestruck. Such an unexpected response is second nature to this Houston business icon. Please join us to honor Mattress Mack and hear his thoughts on business entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

Watch a video of the event.


cover of the Texas Still Leading in Health Uninsurance Rates takeaway report

Despite large improvements, Texas still leads the nation in health uninsurance rates. This issue of The Takeaway explores how health insurance coverage still remains a persistent public policy issue in Texas, how changes in federal policy may effect Texas, and why high uninsurance rates matter. The author was supported in this work by a research fellowship from The Texas Lyceum.


Image of the front of the Texas Groundwater takeaway

Like politics and religion, water is an emotionally charged topic about which reasonable people vehemently disagree. Some of those disagreements arise from three common misconceptions about groundwater that Dr. James Griffin explores in this issue of The Takeaway.


Image of the front of the Chinese Curency Manipulation takeaway

Since 2005, China’s monetary regime has set the value of the Chinese Renminbi (RMB) rather than market forces. In this latest issue of The Takeaway three Bush School students use research from one of their classes to enter the debate about whether China can be labeled a currency manipulator. Their analysis examines real exchange rates looking for evidence that China is undervaluing its currency to artificially inflate its net exports—to the benefit of US consumers but at the expense of the US trade deficit.


Judy Vredenburgh
April
17

Please join us to hear the President and CEO of Girls Inc. Judy Vredenburgh speaking on the power of mentoring. This event is part of the Mosbacher Institute's Bank of America Program on Volunteerism.


Lori Taylor sitting at a desk, testifying

Dr. Lori Taylor, Director of the Mosbacher Institute, Professor at the Bush School, and Principal Investigator for the Texas Smart Schools Initiative, was invited to provide testimony to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance at their February 8, 2018, meeting. You can view her presentation on School Finance Incentives at https://www.adminmonitor.com by clicking on Agenda Video Clips, Item 5A.


Ashley Thomas

The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy is pleased to announce the selection of Ashley Thomas, Bush School Master of Public Service and Administration degree candidate, as the inaugural Texas Lyceum Fellow for 2018. The Texas Lyceum is an independent, nonpartisan institution dedicated to cultivating the state’s young leaders and promoting research-driven solutions to policy issues in Texas. The 2018 fellowship will support summer research on health policy issues in Texas. Read more


Jonathan Gruber
Mar
20

Please join us to hear economist and noted health policy expert Jonathan Gruber discuss the Affordable Care Act. This event is part of the Mosbacher Institute's Conversations in Public Policy Series.


Texas Water Conference poster
Apr
5-6

This two-day conference on Rethinking Texas Water Policy will feature educational presentations by government, industry, and academic experts addressing the legal, scientific, economic, and political complexities of groundwater and surface water.


2017

Carla Hills
Nov
15

Please join us to hear Ambassador Carla Hills, US Negotiator of the North American Free Trade Agreement, reflect on the agreement and the importance of trade for the US Economy. Following her remarks, Ambassador Hills will join a panel discussion featuring Michael Young, President of Texas A&M University, and others.

Cover of the Mosbacher Takeaway, Are There Benefits to a Higher Standard?: The Effects of Raising the Standard Tax Deduction

With all its complications, the US personal income tax code is an attractive target for reformers. Proposals that include an increase to the standard deduction would simplify the code and benefit most taxpayers, but would have other consequences as well. A new issue of The Takeaway explores those effects.

Rachel Paige Casey, MIA Class of 2018 Rebecca Skaff, MIA Class of 2018

The Robert A. Mosbacher, Sr. Internships in International Trade program offers Bush School students a professional development opportunity to form unique skills that will make them internationally competitive for future careers in trade policy. This year's interns share their experiences and how their internships have given them

John L. Nau III
Nov
6

Please join us to hear John L. Nau III, a successful businessman with an avid interest and dedication to the study of American history, share comments on the lessons of history that can shape and impact leadership. A community leader with a strong commitment to civic and philanthropic service, he is the chairman and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors, the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products.

John L. Nau III

The United States Unemployment Insurance Program is a very complex system where mistakes are inevitable, but information technology and communication innovations at the Department of Labor (DOL) have been successful at reducing the rate of improper payments. A new issue of The Takeaway outlines how learning from the DOL’s strategies has the potential to save taxpayers money.

Tom Ridge
Oct
10

The George H.W. Bush Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series by Wells Fargo presents What's Next for National Security?

Lauren Bush Lauren
Apr
24

Join us to hear from Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder and CEO of FEED, whose mission is to “create good products that help FEED the world.

Visit the event page to view a video from the program, along with pictures and more information from the evening.

A Smart, Price-Based Energy Policy

The recent confirmation of former Texas Governor Rick Perry to head the U.S. Department of Energy presents an opportunity for a smarter, price-based energy policy, according to Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University Professor Dr. James Griffin.

Griffin has authored a new policy brief in The Takeaway, entitled “A Smart, Price-Based Energy Policy,” where he argues for keeping energy reasonably cheap, but also reasonably clean and secure, by making the price of fossil fuels reflect their true social cost, thus stimulating innovation by leveling the playing field on which new energy technologies compete.

Robert Kaplan
Mar
27

Join us as Robert S. Kaplan, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, speaks as part of the Mosbacher Institute's Conversations in Public Policy series, on the topic of A Discussion of Economic Conditions and the Role of Monetary Policy.

Watch the discussion and read more about this event on the Conversations in Public Policy event page.

Susanna Loeb
Feb
15

Join us as Dr. Susanna Loeb, Stanford University, speaks as part of the Mosbacher Institute's Education Policy Workshop, on the topic of More than a Nudge: the Case of Ready4K.

2016

The NAFTA Intellect Disconnect: Actual Costs and Benefits versus Popular Perceptions cover

Is the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) really the “worst trade agreement ever?” This brief revisits the evidence surrounding NAFTA, in particular, and free trade agreements, in general. It finds that overall, NAFTA’s effects have been small but positive for both Mexico and the United States and that the number of workers who have been adversely affected is in the thousands while the number of people who benefit from trade runs in the millions.

Book cover for On Behalf of the President
Nov
14

The Mosbacher Institute and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation will welcome Lauren Wright, first-time author, to discuss her book On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communication Strategy Today. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion on the future of this role by moderator Ann Compton, former news reporter; Anita McBride, former chief of staff to Laura Bush; and Wright. This event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Annenberg Presidential Library.

The Mosbacher Institute’s two 2016 Trade Interns, Lauren Davis and Greg Klein

The Mosbacher Institute’s two 2016 Trade Interns, Lauren Davis and Greg Klein, spent their summers serving in the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, DC. Read the spotlight interviews below to learn more about their internships. To learn more about the Mosbacher Institute’s Internships in International Trade, visit our webpage at https://bush.tamu.edu/mosbacher/internship/.

US-Latin America Opportunities of Cooperation poster

The Mosbacher Institute was pleased to be one of the co-sponsors of a recent full-day conference exploring what the next president’s foreign policy priorities should be for US-Latin American relations. The conference brought together experts from business, government, academia, and the media representing a range of expertise on economic policy and trade, regional politics and relations, energy, and security. The experts participated in wide-ranging, nonpartisan dialogue that culminated in a series of policy proposals relevant to important US relationships with Latin America.

More information about the conference can be found at https://bush.tamu.edu/opportunities-for-cooperation/.

David M. Weekley
Oct
5

Join us as David M. Weekley, Chairman of David Weekley Homes, receives the 2016 McLane Leadership in Business Award.

Cover of Water Rights Takeaway

Texans believe they own the water beneath their land and can freely sell or lease their water rights, but a patchwork of Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCDs) restrict such transactions. As a result, groundwater rights have become a phantom. Regulatory changes are needed that respect the rights of property owners and use market forces to promote the prudent best use of Texas’ groundwater resources.

Dr. Manuel Sánchez González
Sept
15

Join us as Dr. Manuel Sánchez González, Deputy Governor of Banco de México, discusses the "Changing Structure of the Mexican Economy: Mexico as a Regional Leader" as part of the Conversations in Public Policy Speaker Series.

Franchise Tax Takeaway
In 2006, Texas faced a fiscal double whammy. Not only had the Texas Supreme Court ordered the state to pick up more of the tab for K-12 education, but the legislature promised voters significant property tax relief. To achieve both goals simultaneously, the Texas Legislature expanded the state’s franchise tax (a form of corporate income tax) to include businesses other than corporations. A good idea in principle, but not in execution.
2016 Mosbacher Interns
Mosbacher Interns Headed to the Office of the US Trade Representative

The Mosbacher Institute is pleased to announce that its 2016 Trade Interns, Lauren Davis and Greg Klein, will both be serving in the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, DC this summer. Lauren will be working in the Office of Central and South Asian Affairs, under the leadership of the Department Assistant to India. She expects to be working on issues involving intellectual property and trade in that region. Greg will be in the Western Hemisphere Office conducting US trade policy research to assist the agency’s efforts to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement passed. The Mosbacher Institute is very proud of both of our interns and can not wait to hear about their experiences when they return.

Michael K. Young
Apr
5
Michael K. Young
President of Texas A&M University
Freedom of Religion and the Global Growth of Democracy

Join us for a Conversation in Public Policy with Michael K. Young, President of Texas A&M University.

Richard Breeden
Mar
3
The Honorable Richard C. Breeden
24th Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Former Assistant to the President for Issues Analysis
Restoring Trust: Financial Crises and Regulatory Responses in the Bush Era and Beyond

Join us to hear about Chairman Breeden’s experience working with President George H.W. Bush to handle a wide variety of complex issues involving US financial and capital markets. As Assistant to the President in 1989, Chairman Breeden led White House efforts to confront and ultimately defuse the “S&L Crisis.” We will look at how those regulatory choices remain highly relevant to US capital markets today.

Amy Ellen Schwartz
Amy Ellen Schwartz
Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Instruction Isn't Enough: How Academic Success is Shaped by What Happens Outside of School and What We Can Do About It

Amy Ellen Schwartz is an economist whose research interests span a broad range of issues in education policy, urban economics, and public finance. Her current projects include an investigation of student mobility; the impact of neighborhood crime on student performance; and the impact of housing vouchers on residential location decisions and children’s educational outcomes.

Douglas Harris
Douglas Harris
Tulane University
Taken by Storm: The Effects of the Post Katrina New Orleans School Reforms on Students' Academic Outcomes

Douglas Harris is an economist whose research explores how the level and equity of student educational outcomes are influenced by education policies. His current work focuses on the effects of the unprecedented school reforms that emerged in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Bud Philbrook
Bud Philbrook
Co-founder & CEO, Global Volunteers
Short-term Volunteers: an Essential Resource for Long-term Development

Join us to hear from nonprofit entrepreneur, Bud Philbrook, about the innovative approach Global Volunteers is taking to involve short-term volunteers in impactful, long-term community development projects.


Contact

(979) 845-1532
bushschoolmosbacher@tamu.edu

The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220


Contact

(979) 845-1532
bushschoolmosbacher@tamu.edu

The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220