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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

  • Economy

    Advance Estimate of GDP for the First Quarter of 2013

    Over the last fifteen quarters, the economy has expanded by 8.3 percent overall, and the private components of GDP have grown by 12.2 percent. Real GDP is now 3.2 percent larger than it was at the previous business cycle peak in 2007:Q4.


  • The Employment Situation in March

    Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that private sector businesses added 95,000 jobs last month. The economy has now added private sector jobs every month for 37 straight months, and a total of nearly 6.5 million jobs have been added over that period.


  • The Third Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

    Provisions of the Affordable Care Act have already helped millions of young adults obtain health insurance coverage and have made preventive services more affordable for most Americans. When fully implemented, the law will expand coverage to an estimated 27 million previously uninsured Americans and ensure the availability of affordable coverage through traditional employer-sponsored insurance and the new Health Insurance Marketplaces.


  • Economy

    A Preview of the 2013 Economic Report of the President

    This year's Economic Report of the President highlights the progress that has been made in recovering from the deepest recession since the Great Depression, together with the policies that the Obama Administration is advancing to address the fundamental imbalances and threats that have built up for decades and that have created severe stress on the middle class and those striving to get into the middle class.


  • Jobs

    The Employment Situation in February

    Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that private sector businesses added 246,000 jobs in February. The economy has now added private sector jobs every month for three straight years, and a total of 6.35 million jobs have been added over that period.


  • Jobs

    The Employment Situation in January

    Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that private sector businesses added 166,000 jobs in January. The economy has now added private sector jobs for 35 straight months, and a total of 6.1 million jobs have been added over that period.


  • Economy

    Advance Estimate of GDP for the Fourth Quarter of 2012

    According to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis today, real GDP edged down 0.1 percent at an annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2012, amid signs that Hurricane Sandy disrupted economic activity and Federal defense spending declined precipitously.


  • Jobs

    The Employment Situation in December

    Today’s report shows that private sector businesses added 168,000 jobs in December.The economy has now added private sector jobs for 34 straight months, and a total of 5.8 million jobs have been added over that period.


  • Economy

    The Employment Situation in November

    Private sector establishments added 147,000 jobs last month, and overall non-farm payroll employment rose by 146,000. The economy has now added private sector jobs for 33 straight months.


  • Jobs

    The Employment Situation in October

    Private sector businesses added 184,000 jobs last month, the biggest monthly gain in eight months. The economy has now added private sector jobs for 32 straight months.


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