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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 Third Quarter of 2012

    The economy posted its thirteenth straight quarter of positive growth, as real GDP (the total amount of goods and services produced in the country) grew at a 2.0 percent annual rate in the third quarter of this year, according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.


  • Economy

    The Employment Situation in September

    Private sector establishments added 104,000 jobs last month, and overall non-farm payroll employment rose by 114,000. The economy has now added private sector jobs for 31 straight months.


  • Economy

    Today’s Economic Data

    Recent economic news shows that while we are still fighting back from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, we are making progress.


  • Economy

    The Employment Situation in August

    Private sector establishments added 103,000 jobs last month. The economy has now added private sector jobs for 30 straight months, for a total of 4.6 million jobs during that period.


  • Economy

    The Employment Situation in July

    Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that private sector establishments added 172,000 jobs last month. The economy has now added private sector jobs for 29 straight months, for a total of 4.5 million jobs during that period.


  • Economy

    Advance Estimate of GDP for the Second Quarter of 2012 and Annual Revision

    Today’s report shows that the economy posted its twelfth straight quarter of positive growth, as real GDP grew at a 1.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter of this year, according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis


  • Estimación preliminar del PIB para el segundo trimestre de 2012 y revisión anual

    El informe de hoy muestra que la economía registró su décimosegundo trimestre consecutivo de crecimiento positivo, ya que el PIB real (la cantidad total de bienes y servicios producidos en el país) creció a una tasa de 1,5 por ciento anual en el segundo trimestre de este año, de acuerdo con la estimación "preliminar" publicada por la Oficina de Análisis Económico (BEA, por sus siglas en inglés). En los últimos tres años, la economía se ha expandido un 6,7 por ciento en general, y los componentes privados del PIB han aumentado un 9,9 por ciento. Mientras la economía continúa moviéndose en la dirección correcta, se necesita un crecimiento adicional para reponer los empleos perdidos en la profunda recesión que se inició a finales de 2007.


  • Economy

    The Employment Situation in June

    With today’s report that private establishments added 84,000 jobs last month, the economy has now added private sector jobs for 28 straight months, for a total of 4.4 million payroll jobs during that period. Employment is growing but not fast enough, given the jobs deficit caused by the deep recession.


  • Economy

    The Employment Situation in May

    The economy has added private sector jobs for 27 straight months, for a total of 4.3 million payroll jobs over that period. Much more needs to be done to repair the damage caused by the financial crisis and deep recession that began at the end of 2007. The President has also proposed a “To-Do List” of actions that Congress should take to create jobs and help restore middle-class security.


  • The Employment Situation in April

    Private sector payrolls increased by 130,000 jobs and overall payroll employment rose by 115,000 jobs in April. The economy has added private sector jobs for 26 straight months.


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