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Jason Furman is the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. Prior to this role, he served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and the Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. From 2007 to 2008 Furman was a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies and Director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institute. Previously, he served as a Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers, a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council under President Clinton and Senior Adviser to the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank. Furman was the Economic Policy Director for Obama for America.
Furman, who earned his Ph.D. in economics and a M.A. in government from Harvard University and a M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics, has also served as Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, a visiting lecturer at Yale and Columbia Universities, and a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He has conducted research in a wide range of areas, including fiscal policy, tax policy, health economics, Social Security, and monetary policy. In addition to numerous articles in scholarly journals and periodicals, Furman is the editor of several books on economic policy, including Path to Prosperity and Who Has the Cure.
Jason Furman's Posts
- March 7, 2014 at 10:38 AM EDT
February 2014 was the 48th straight month of private-sector job growth, with businesses adding 8.7 million jobs over that time. Despite a major snowstorm that hit the east coast during the reference week for the labor market surveys, the rate of job growth picked up from the December and January pace.
- February 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT
The final report on the Recovery Act's effects shows the Act had a substantial positive impact on the economy, helped to avert a second Great Depression, and made targeted investments that will pay dividends long after the Act has fully phased out.
- February 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM EDT
The private sector has added 8.5 million jobs in 47 consecutive months of job growth. Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 113,000 in January 2014.
- February 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM EDT
Six ways the ACA is helping the labor market, laying the foundation for future economic growth, and improving families’ financial security and well-being.
- January 30, 2014 at 10:33 AM EDT
Economic growth was solid in the fourth quarter, a testament to the resilience of American businesses and families.
- January 10, 2014 at 10:40 AM EDT
America’s resilient businesses have added jobs for 46 consecutive months, with private sector employment increasing by 8.2 million over that period. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 74,000 in December, due to an 87,000 increase in private employment.
- December 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM EDT
The economy is finishing 2013 in a stronger place than where it began the year, though more work remains to grow the economy, create jobs, and strengthen the middle class.
- December 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM EDT
America’s resilient businesses have added jobs for 45 consecutive months, with private sector employment increasing by more than 8 million over that period. Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 203,000 in November, with 196,000 of that increase in the private sector.
New Report from the Council of Economic Advisers: The Recent Slowdown in Health Care Cost Growth and the Role of the Affordable Care ActNovember 20, 2013 at 1:34 PM EDT
Recent data show that health care spending and prices are growing at their slowest rates in decades; it appears that something has changed for the better. The available evidence suggests that the ACA is contributing to these trends, and, moreover, is helping to improve quality of care for patients. Today the White House Council of Economic Advisers released a new report analyzing recent trends in health costs, the forces driving those trends, and their likely economic benefits.
- November 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM EDT
Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 204,000 in October. America’s resilient businesses have added jobs for 44 consecutive months, with private sector employment increasing by a total of 7.8 million over that period.