Stephen Moore (writer)

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Stephen Moore
Stephen Moore by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Moore in 2016
Born (1960-02-16) February 16, 1960 (age 58)
Alma materUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (BA)
George Mason University (MA)
Known forFounding President of the Club for Growth
Member of the Editorial Board of The Wall Street Journal
Chief Economist of the Heritage Foundation
Political partyRepublican
Stephen Moore speaking at Americans for Prosperity Foundation event in 2008

Stephen Moore (born February 16, 1960) is an American writer and economic policy analyst. He founded and served as president of the Club for Growth from 1999 to 2004. Moore is a former member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board. In 2014, The Heritage Foundation announced that Moore would become its chief economist. In 2015, Moore's title at The Heritage Foundation changed from Chief Economist to his current title, Distinguished Visiting Fellow.[1] Moore is known for advocating free-market policies and supply-side economics.[2] In 2017, he left Fox News Channel to join CNN as an economics analyst.[3]

Moore's work continues to appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and various publications including The Weekly Standard and National Review.[4][5]


Moore grew up in New Trier Township, Illinois. He attended Saints Faith Hope & Charity School in Winnetka and graduated from New Trier High School in 1978.[6] He received a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. from George Mason University in economics.[7]


From 1983 to 1987, Moore served as the Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Budgetary Affairs at the Heritage Foundation. In 1987, Moore was research director of President Ronald Reagan's Privatization Commission.[8] Moore spent ten years as a fellow of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.[9][10] As senior economist of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee under Chairman Dick Armey of Texas, Moore was said to be "instrumental in creating the FairTax proposal".[9]

Moore founded the Club for Growth in 1999. Moore was ousted by the group's board in December 2004 and subsequently announced his resignation.[11] After his ouster from the Club for Growth, Moore founded the 501(c)(4) Free Enterprise Fund with other former Club for Growth members including Arthur Laffer and Mallory Factor.[11] In 2005, Moore left the Free Enterprise Fund to serve on the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal.[10] Moore is a partner in the econometrics firm Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics.[12] On January 21, 2014, the Heritage Foundation announced that Moore would rejoin the think tank as chief economist.[13] Moore is a contributing editor for National Review.[12]

In the 2014 Kansas City Star opinion piece "What's the matter with Paul Krugman?" Moore responded to Krugman's opinion piece "Charlatans, Cranks and Kansas."[14][15] Moore claimed that job creation had been superior in low-taxation states during the five years ending June 2009 following the recession. After substantial factual errors were uncovered in Moore's opinion piece, the Kansas City Star indicated that it would no longer print Moore's work without "thorough factchecking." [16][17][18] Miriam Pepper, editor of the Kansas City Star, decided to stop publishing Moore's work for its inaccurate statements.[19] Jonathan Chait, in his New York magazine column, in response to Moore's February 15, 2015 Washington Times column on Obamacare, stated, "Perhaps the most revealing aspect of Moore's column is the fact that, five years after its [Obamacare's] passage, the chief economist of the most influential conservative think tank in the United States [the Heritage Foundation] lacks even a passing familiarity with its [Obamacare's] fiscal objectives."[20]

In May 2015, Moore cofounded the Committee to Unleash American Prosperity with Laffer, Larry Kudlow, and Steve Forbes, with the stated mission of "persuading the presidential hopefuls in both parties to focus on the paramount challenge facing our country: slow growth and stagnant incomes."[21]

Moore served as one of the top economic advisers to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.[22]

After Trump answered a congratulatory phone call from the democratically-elected president of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen, on December 2, 2016,[23][24][25][26] Moore said that "we gotta stand by Taiwan. We see what's happening in China the way they're saber-rattling out there in the East, it's about time we do what Reagan did, we stand up to these bullies, we say we're not gonna let you do this." Moore emphasized that Taiwan is a country deserving greater American support because of its democracy and "we ought to back our ally, and if China doesn't like it, screw 'em."[27][28]

In February 2016, Moore joined 32 Advisors as a Strategic Partner for the firm's Economic Advisory practice.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Moore is married and has three sons.[30]

Selected Bibliography[edit]

  • Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive Our Economy, with Arthur B. Laffer. (All Points Books, 2018) ISBN 9781250193711
  • Crash Landing: How Bush, Bernanke, Pelosi and Obama Have Wrecked the U. S. Economy (And How To Salvage America's Future)(Audio CD)(Blackstone Audio, 2014) ISBN 1482923874
  • The End of Prosperity with Arthur B. Laffer and Peter Tanous (Threshold Editions, 2008) ISBN 1-4165-9238-5
  • Bullish On Bush: How George Bush's Ownership Society Will Make America Stronger (Madison Books, 2004) ISBN 1-56833-261-0
  • It's Getting Better All the Time: 100 Greatest Trends of the Last 100 Years with Julian L. Simon (Cato Institute, 2000) ISBN 1-882577-97-3
  • (editor) Restoring the Dream: What House Republicans Plan to Do Now to Strengthen the Family, Balance the Budget, and Replace Welfare (Times Mirror, 1995).
  • Still an Open Door? U.S. Immigration Policy and the American Economy (American University Press, 1994)
  • Privatization: A Strategy for Taming the Deficit (The Heritage Foundation, 1988)


  1. ^ "Stephen Moore at the Heritage Foundation". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  2. ^ Lawler, Joseph (2014-01-21). "Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore joins Heritage Foundation as chief economist". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  3. ^ Oliver Darcy (January 30, 2017). "Economist Stephen Moore jumps from Fox News to CNN". Business Insider UK. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  4. ^ "Stephen Moore Articles | Weekly Standard". Weekly Standard. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  5. ^ "Stephen Moore Archive - National Review Online". National Review Online. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  6. ^ Henry, Alan (August 5, 2011). "NT alum Stephen Moore lets thoughts fly at Wall Street Journal". Winnetanka Current. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Stephen Moore". Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Stephen Moore". Johns Hopkins University. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  9. ^ a b Nowrasteh, Alex (2014-01-24). "Does Stephen Moore's Appointment Indicate A Thaw In Heritage's Stance On Immigration Reform?". Forbes. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  10. ^ a b Milbank, Dana (2005-08-31). "Brothers in Arms, But Sisters at Odds". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  11. ^ a b Kirkpatrick, David (2005-07-08). "Leadership Dispute Causes a Split in a Powerhouse of Fund-Raising for Conservative Causes". New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Stephen J. Moore". Independent Institute. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  13. ^ Bluey, Rob. "WSJ's Stephen Moore to Join Heritage as Chief Economist". The Foundry. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  14. ^ Moore, Stephen (2014-07-07). "Stephen Moore: What's the matter with Paul Krugman? Give Kansas tax breaks time to work". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  15. ^ Krugman, Paul (2014-06-29). "Charlatans, Cranks and Kansas". New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  16. ^ "Why one editor won't run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation's top economist".
  17. ^ Lee, Deron (July 31, 2014). "Why one editor won't run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation's top economist". Columbia Journalism Review.
  18. ^ Hiltzik, Michael (Aug 5, 2014). "A newspaper fact-checks its own right-wing op-ed; hilarity ensues". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  19. ^ "Why one editor won't run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation's top economist". Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  20. ^ "Guy Who Gets Paid to Say Obamacare Doesn't Work Can't Find a Single True Fact to Support His Case".
  21. ^ "Nation's Top Challenge: Beating Slow Growth, Flat Incomes". 2015-03-02. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  22. ^ Tankersley, Jim (5 August 2016). "Donald Trump's new team of billionaire advisers could threaten his populist message". Washington Post. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  23. ^ Trump Spoke With Taiwan President in Break With Decades of U.S. Policy: Leaders ‘noted close’ economic, political and security ties, Trump transition team said, The Wall Street Journal, 2016-12-2
  24. ^ President-elect Donald Trump's phone call to Taiwan's leader is a major breakthrough for U.S. relations with the nation, New York Daily News, 2016-12-2
  25. ^ Why Trump was right to talk with Taiwan's president, Fox news, 2016-12-4
  26. ^ Trump's Taiwan call wasn't a mistake. It was brilliant., Chicago Tribune, 2016-12-5
  27. ^ Is Trump using Taiwan as a China bargaining chip? Following surprise phone call, officials ask whether president-elect is looking to increase leverage, Financial Times, 2016-12-5
  28. ^ Trump adviser: If China doesn't like Taiwan call, 'screw 'em', The Hill, 2016-12-5
  29. ^ Advisors, 32. "Former Trump Senior Economic Adviser Stephen Moore joins 32 Advisors as a Strategic Partner".
  30. ^ "Happy Christmas, Kerry Is Over A Moore Family Christmas". Archived from the original on 2011-08-11.

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Non-profit organization positions
New office President of the Club for Growth
Succeeded by
Pat Toomey