How Economics Becomes Policy
Austan Goolsbee discusses his role as chief economist of Obama recovery boardApril 28, 2010 | by Wendy Leopold
The chief economist of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board delivered the Institute for Policy Research's Distinguished Policy Lecture. He used health care reform and financial regulation to emphasize the need for interdisciplinary approaches to solving big problems. And he talked about the obligation of academics to share their research because of the vast funding support they receive from the federal government.
In his positions in the Obama administration, Goolsbee ensures that the president receives research and analysis on the economy that will inform his decision-making.
Prior to his appointment to the White House, Goolsbee was an economics columnist for The New York Times and the online publication Slate. He first served as an economics adviser to Obama during Obama's 2004 campaign for U.S. Senate.
Long identified as a rising star in the field of economics, Goolsbee is on leave from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. He was selected in 2005 by the Financial Times as one of six "Gurus of the Future." And he was named one of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow at the 2002 World Economic Forum.