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Alan Krueger
Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers

Alan B. Krueger is the former Chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and a member of the Cabinet. Mr. Krueger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 3, 2011. Previously, Mr. Krueger served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

While he was Chairman, he was on leave from Princeton University, where he is the Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs. He has held a joint appointment in the Economics Department and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton since 1987. In 1994-95, Mr. Krueger served as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor.

A labor economist, Krueger has published widely on unemployment, the economics of education, unemployment, income distribution, social insurance, regulation, terrorism, finance and the environment. He has been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the editorial board of Science, and has served as chief economist for the Council for Economic Education. He is the author of What Makes A Terrorist: Economics and the Roots of Terrorism and Education Matters: A Selection of Essays on Education, and co-author of Myth and Measurement: The New Economics of the Minimum Wage and of Inequality in America: What Role for Human Capital Policies?

Prior to assuming his position as Chairman, Mr. Krueger was a member of the Board of Directors of the MacArthur Foundation and the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education at Charles University in the Czech Republic, and a senior scientist for the Gallup Organization. He was named a Sloan Fellow in Economics in 1992 and an NBER Olin Fellow in 1989-90. He was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 1996, a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists in 2005 and a member of the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association in 2004. He was awarded the Kershaw Prize by the Association for Public Policy and Management in 1997 and the Mahalanobis Memorial Medal by the Indian Econometric Society in 2001. In 2002, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and in 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics with David Card in 2006. From March 2000 to February 2009, he was a regular contributor to the "Economic Scene" and Economix blog in The New York Times.

Alan Krueger received a B.S. degree, with honors, from Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations in 1983, an A.M. in Economics from Harvard University in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1987.

Alan Krueger's Posts

  • The Employment Situation in July

    Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that the unemployment rate declined from 7.6 percent to 7.4 percent in July, reaching its lowest level since December 2008, and the establishment survey showed that private sector employers added 161,000 jobs last month.


  • Comprehensive GDP Revision and Advance Estimate for the Second Quarter of 2013

    The Bureau of Economic Analysis released a comprehensive revision to the National Income and Product Accounts showing that the recovery from the Great Recession has been slightly faster than previously reported, with real gross domestic product (GDP) expanding by a cumulative 8.5% from 2009:Q2 to 2013:Q1, compared to the previous estimate of 8.1% growth over that period.


  • A medida que la implementación de la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio (ACA) continúa, el aumento de los costos del cuidado de salud para los consumidores ha sido menos acelerado

    Los precios de los gastos de consumo personal en los bienes y servicios del cuidado de salud aumentaron solo un 1.1 por ciento durante los doce meses terminados en mayo de 2013, que es la tasa de aumento más lenta en casi 50 años. La desaceleración en la inflación de los gastos de consumo personal en el sector salud ha sido generalizada, debido a contribuciones importantes de dos componentes significativos: los servicios en hospitales y asilos de ancianos (que comprenden el 42 por ciento del total de los gastos del cuidado de salud) y los servicios ambulatorios (que comprenden el 34 por ciento del total de los gastos del cuidado de salud). Según indica la gráfica siguiente, desde marzo de 2010, esos dos componentes de los gastos del sector salud han realizado contribuciones notablemente más pequeñas a la inflación general del cuidado de salud para los consumidores que en años anteriores.


  • Ethics

    As ACA Implementation Continues, Consumer Health Care Cost Growth Has Slowed

    Prices for personal consumption expenditures (PCE) on health care goods and services rose at their slowest rate in 50 years from May 2012 to May 2013 — by 1.1%.


  • Los beneficios económicos de arreglar nuestro sistema de inmigración que no funciona

    Durante una reunión con el Comité Hispano del Congreso esta mañana, el Presidente emitió un informe de la Casa Blanca que destaca los grandes beneficios económicos de la reforma migratoria integral, así como los costos significativos para nuestro país y para nuestra economía de no tomar acción en este momento tan crítico.


  • The Employment Situation in June

    Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that private sector businesses added 202,000 jobs last month and total non-farm payroll employment rose by 195,000 jobs in June. The economy has now added private sector jobs for 40 consecutive months, and a total of 7.2 million jobs has been added over that period.


  • CBO: La Reforma Migratoria Reducirá el Déficit y Hará Crecer la Economía

    Hoy, la Oficina de Presupuestos del Congreso (CBO) dio a conocer su calificación del proyecto de ley bipartidista de inmigración del Senado, que provee aun más evidencia de que la reforma migratoria de sentido común es beneficiosa para el presupuesto y beneficiosa para el crecimiento económico.


  • The Employment Situation in May

    Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that private sector businesses added 178,000 jobs last month. Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 175,000 jobs in May. The economy has now added private sector jobs every month for 39 straight months, and a total of 6.9 million jobs has been added over that period.


  • The Employment Situation in April

    Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that private sector businesses added 176,000 jobs last month and total non-farm payroll employment rose by 165,000 jobs in April. The economy has now added private sector jobs every month for 38 straight months, and a total of 6.8 million jobs has been added over that period.


  • Chairman Alan Krueger Addresses “Fairness as an Economic Force” before a Conference at Oberlin College

    Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Alan B. Krueger, delivers remarks on “Fairness as an Economic Force” at a conference on “Learning and Labor Economics” at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.


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