U.S. Economics & Finance


President George W. Bush addresses reporters about the proposed balanced budget and earmark reform as he stands with members of his Cabinent in the Rose Garden at the White House on January 3, 2007.

Economic events during the George W. Bush administration include income tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 and a subprime mortgage crisis in 2007 - 2008 that led to a period known as the Great Recession. Some major themes of President George W. Bush's economy policy include economic stimulus, job creation, economic growth, and fiscal responsibility.

Did You Know . . . 

The National Economic Council (NEC) is the principal forum used by the President for considering economic policy matters. The NEC has a four part mission: coordinate the economic policy making process; provide economic policy advice to the President; ensure that economic policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President's stated goals; and monitor the implementation of the President's economic goals. The council forms part of the Office of White House Policy. The Director of the NEC is titled the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council. The NEC is distinct from the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). The CEA provides recommendations and analysis for the President based on objective economic research and empirical evidence and prepares the annual Economic Report of the President. Both the NEC and CEA are part of the White House Offices, a subset of the Executive Office of the President.

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is an independent federal agency. It has a three part mission: protect investors; maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets; and facilitate capital formation. The members of the SEC are appointed by the President and the President also designates one of the commissioners as chairman, the SEC's top executive.

Digitized Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests 

2014-0048-F: Records on Lehman Brothers from September 11, 2008 to September 15, 2008

2014-0222-F: Records Sent to, Sent by, or Received by President George W. Bush between January 2007 and January 2009 regarding the Financial Crisis

2014-0274-F: Correspondence and other materials created among and between Henry Paulson, Timothy Geithner, Sheila Bair, and the White House regarding Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, and TARP (Troubled Assets Relief Program)


President George W. Bush and Secretary Henry Paulson of the U. S. Department of the Treasury pause for questions after their meeting on November 24, 2008 at the Treasury Department.

2014-0334-F: Records created by or sent to Robert Hoyt Related to Securities Regulation, the SEC, and Market Regulation

2014-0335-F: Records created by or sent to Susan Dudley Related Securities Regulation, the SEC, and Market Regulation

2014-0342-F: Records created by or sent to Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., Director of OMB, Related to Securities Regulation, the SEC, and Market Regulation

2014-0343-F: Records created by or sent to N. Gregory Mankiw regarding Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) Regulation, Policy and Legislation

2014-0345-F: Records created by or sent to David Nason, Deputy Secretary of Treasury, Related to Securities Regulation, the SEC, and Market Regulation

2014-0348-F: Records created by or sent to Elaine Chao, Secretary of Labor, Related to Securities Regulation, the SEC, and Market Regulation

2014-0349-F: Records created by or sent to Henry Paulson, Jr., Sec. of the Treasury, related to securities regulation, the SEC, and market regulation

2014-0350-F: Records created by or sent to John Snow, Secretary of the Treasury, Related to Securities Regulation, the SEC, and Market Regulation


President George W. Bush speaks to women business leaders in the East Room of the White House on March 20, 2001. Also pictured are Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman, Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, and Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.

2014-0355-F: Records created by or sent to Arthur Levitt, SEC Chairman

2014-0356-F: Records created by or sent to Harvey Pitt, SEC Chairman

2014-0357-F: Records created by or sent to William Donaldson, SEC Chairman

2014-0358-F: Records created by or sent to Christopher Cox, SEC Chair

2014-0359-F: Records created by or sent to Isaac Hunt, SEC Commissioner

2014-0362-FRecords created by or sent to Paul Atkins, SEC Commissioner

2014-0363-FRecords created by or sent to Roel Campos, SEC Commissioner

2014-0370-FAppointment of SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt

2014-0373-FRecords on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to or from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or Congress

2014-0377-FThe Housing and Credit Crisis of 2008-2009, Limited to Information or Correspondence with the SEC, FINRA, CFCT, Christopher Dodd, or Barney Frank

2014-0378-FRecords created by or sent to Laura Unger, SEC Acting Commissioner

2014-0490-FCorrespondence regarding payday lending, Rent-A-Bank, or shadow banking

2014-0563-FThe Resignation of the SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt

2014-0564-FThe Nomination of the SEC Chairman Christopher Cox

Archival Research Guide 

For a more complete guide of the archival records that are open for research, please download the Archival Research Guide:

Material at the George W. Bush Presidential Library Pertaining To United States Economics and Finance

ERP_2009 Cover

Economic Report of the President, Transmitted to the Congress January 2009, Together with the Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers

In Focus 

Economy and Jobs

Council of Economic Advisors Publications

State of the Economy Overview 2007

Press Releases


Jobs and Economic Growth Speeches and Press Releases Archive


Photo Essays 

Additional photo essays, Presidential Messages and Statements, press releases, and more from 2001 - 2008 are available through the archived White House Website.  

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