Todd G. Buchholz
Todd G. Buchholz is an economist and has served as White House director of economic policy under George H.W. Bush and a managing director of the Tiger hedge fund. He was awarded the Allyn Young Teaching Prize by the Harvard University Department of Economics and was named “One of the Top 21 Speakers of the 21st Century” by Successful Meetings magazine. Businessweek and Bloomberg have reported that Buchholz is on the short-list for a White House appointment to the Federal Reserve Board. Buchholz is the inventor of the Math Arrow, a mathematical matrix that makes numbers more intuitive to children. He is the CEO of Sproglit, LLC, which develops software and classroom materials based on the Math Arrow. Martin Cooper (inventor), widely recognized as the inventor of the cellular phone, has called the Math Arrow "ingenious."
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Economic Theories and Policy Proposals
- 2.1 Locking in Super Low Rates
- 2.2 Competition Breeds Cooperation
- 2.3 Turning Unemployment Compensation into Signing Bonuses
- 2.4 Crime and Interest Rates
- 2.5 Economic Forecasting
- 2.6 U.S. Debt Downgrade 2011
- 2.7 Economic Recovery Forecast 2009
- 2.8 Instability of the Eurozone
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Life and career
A founder of the G7 Group consulting firm, Todd Buchholz holds a B.A. degree from Bucknell University in economics and advanced degrees in economics and law from Cambridge University and Harvard and during 2009, served as a Fellow at Cambridge.
Buchholz frequently contributes commentaries on political economy, financial markets, business and culture to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, as well as PBS, NPR and major television networks. He hosted his own special on CNBC and is the only person to guest-host CNBC’s Squawk Box two days in a row.
His books have been translated into over 15 languages and his first book New Ideas from Dead Economists is listed as a “classic” by the American Economic Association. It has been strongly endorsed by such varied thinkers as Milton Friedman and Lawrence Summers.[according to whom?]
Buchholz’s latest book Rush: Why You Thrive in the Rat Race was named a top ten book in the social sciences by Publishers Weekly, and a book of the year by the New York Post and Los Angeles Times. Rush is a "synthesis of neuroeconomics and evolutionary psychology." In 2012, Rush was featured on the Charlie Rose television show. Buchholz’s other works include New Ideas from Dead Ceos, Lasting Lessons from the Corner Office, From Here to Economy, Market Shock, and Bringing the Jobs Home.
Buchholz resides primarily in San Diego, California and travels the world delivering keynote presentations on economics, finance and innovation to such companies as Microsoft, IBM and General Electric, as well as governmental organizations. He has lectured in the U.K. Parliament, as well as at the White House library and the U.S. Treasury.
He is one of the founding producers of the Broadway show Jersey Boys; is active in entrepreneurial businesses; holds engineering and design patents; and advises investment funds on business and portfolio strategy. In 2011, he co-founded Sproglit, LLC, which develops educational software to teach mathematics to children.
He is also the author of a mystery novel about a boxer and hedge funds, called The Castro Gene, which won a USA Best Books prize.
Economic Theories and Policy Proposals
Buchholz has devised a number of economic theories and policy proposals, which have been presented in books, articles and lectures:
Locking in Super Low Rates
On the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal  in June 2012, Buchholz proposed that the U.S. Treasury lock in record low borrowing rates by issuing 100-year bonds. With the 10-year Treasury yielding just 1.62%, Buchholz called it the "best deal since Pope Julius paid a pittance to have Michelangelo paint his ceiling." Fourteen months after the article appeared, yields had risen by 78 percent to 2.88%. 
Competition Breeds Cooperation
In his book Rush, Buchholz shows through neuroscience and history that competitive societies achieve longer life expectancy, less disease, and greater measures of cooperation than societies that try to quash competitiveness.
Turning Unemployment Compensation into Signing Bonuses
In 2011, on the front page of the Washington Post Outlook section, Buchholz proposed turning unemployment compensation into signing bonuses. Instead of collecting 99 weeks of unemployment payments, under Buchholz’s proposal, individuals would receive a signing bonus from the government, if they accepted a job sooner.
Crime and Interest Rates
The Buchholz Hypothesis holds that crime is strongly correlated with interest rates. This hypothesis helps solve the puzzle of why crime fell during the Great Depression, even though conventional wisdom suggests that a bad economy leads people to commit more crime.
Free-Rider Effect on National GDP
In his book New Ideas from Dead Economists, Buchholz argues that small countries with large social welfare programs may achieve strong GDP gains because they are able to ride on the gains generated by countries that promote a more competitive structure with less governmental intervention.
In his media and speaking appearances, Buchholz frequently forecasts major economic turns and developments.
U.S. Debt Downgrade 2011
In 2011, at keynote speeches and in television and radio interviews, Buchholz forecast that the S&P rating agency would downgrade U.S. Treasury debt. On August 5, the S&P announced the downgrade of U.S. debt from AAA to AA+
Economic Recovery Forecast 2009
In February 2009, Buchholz was among the first well-known U.S. economists to forecast an economic recovery from the "Great Recession." In a speech to the Americas Lodging Investment Summit, Buchholz forecast that "we’re going to have an economic recovery just in time for back-to-school sales in September” and that “lodging and hospitality is going to benefit from this upswing as well.” In fact, GDP did turn positive in the third quarter.
April 2008 commodities forecast
In April 2008 on the PBS Nightly Business Report, Buchholz forecast that commodity prices, including oil, would climb higher in the short-term but then tumble during the summer of 2008. On July 13, 2008, addressing the Southern Legislative Conference, when oil prices were $137 per barrel and leading Wall Street analysts were forecasting a move to $200, Buchholz predicted that prices would fall in half over the next six months. His comments were met with criticism from other leading economic analysts, but within the next eight weeks, prices of commodities such as oil, grain, and industrial metals started to crumble, and the price of oil fell significantly.
June 2008 Economic forecast
In an opening keynote speech at Everything Channel's 2008 VARBusiness 300 Conference in June 2008, Buchholz said he believed that the U.S. economy, while undoubtedly in a slowdown, would avoid two consecutive quarters of negative GDP, the classic definition of a recession. "I'm convinced we're not going to have any quarters of negative GDP", he added. Buchholz cited high employment, lean inventories at manufacturers, and strong exports, spurred by the weaker dollar, as reasons for his beliefs.
Instability of the Eurozone
Buchholz’s 1999 book Market Shock warned that the Eurozone was unstable and headed toward political turmoil. In a chapter subtitled “How European Unity Splinters,” Buchholz pointed out that eventually the Mediterranean nations and Ireland would stumble because those countries required a different monetary policy than the core countries of Germany and France.
- American Economic Association books
- "Spring 2011 Adult Announcements", Publishers Weekly,
- Interview with Charlie Rose
- The USA Best Books 2007 Awards, USA Book News
- Todd G. Buchholz (2012) Rush: Why You Thrive in the Rat Race. New York: Hudson Street/Penguin.
- Todd G. Buchholz, (2007) New Ideas From Dead Economists. New York: Plume. p. 200
- Whiting, Rick (June 2008). "Buchholz: U.S. Will Skirt A Recession". VARBusiness 28 (6): 18 =.
- Todd G. Buchholz, (1999) Market Shock. New York: Harper Collins. p.146.
- Roberts, Russ (June 13, 2011). "Buchholz on Competition, Stress, and the Rat Race". EconTalk. Library of Economics and Liberty.