Domestic Excellence

Strengthening America's Economy

Making our economy thrive by identifying ideas for promoting innovation, entrepreneurship, and faster, more inclusive growth.

$804B

2018 government deficit

12.7%

Percent of GDP constituted by Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid

$1.3T

Projected 2022 government deficit

Fiscal, monetary, regulatory, workforce, and innovation policies all influence economic growth profoundly — and a wise policy mix can add significantly to growth.

However, misguided policies in these areas impede innovation, entrepreneurship, productivity growth, and job creation -- often with no clear economic or social benefit.

We add a new dynamic to the national conversation: a unique, pragmatic, and data-driven perspective which combines the voices of the statesperson and the scholar, the advocate, and the analyst.

Setting America's Economy Free

Our work draws from economic policy-making experience at the highest levels, private sector expertise, and the cutting edge of research in economics to identify ideas for promoting innovation, entrepreneurship, and faster, more inclusive growth.

Our Agenda

Restoring growth and leadership: More rapid growth will restore Americans' faith in the future and revitalize American global economic leadership.

Expertise and credibility: Our joint initiative aims to be a premier economic policy research center, leveraging the high profile of the Bush Institute with SMU's internationally-recognized research expertise in economics.

 

 

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