Members of the Council of Economic Advisers

The Council of Economic Advisers consists of a chair and two associate members.

CEA Chair

Christina Romer is President Barack Obama's nominee for Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Romer was the Class of 1957-Garff B. Wilson Professor of Economics at the University of California Berkeley. Before teaching at Berkeley, she taught economics and public affairs at Princeton University from 1985-1988.

Until her nomination, she was co-director of the Program in Monetary Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research and served as Vice President of the American Economic Association, where she was also a member of the executive committee. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Romer is known for her research on the causes and recovery of the Great Depression, and on the role that fiscal and monetary policy played in the country’s economic recovery. Her most recent work, authored with her husband David Romer, also an economics professor, shows the impact of tax policy on government and economic growth.

Her working papers include "A Narrative Analysis of Postwar Tax Changes," "Do Tax Cuts Starve the Beast? The Effect of Tax Changes on Government Spending," and "The Macroeconomic Effects of Tax Changes: Estimates Based on a New Measure of Fiscal Shocks."

Romer is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, and the Distinguished Teaching Award at Berkeley.

Romer was born on December 25, 1958, in Alton, Ill., and received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985. She is married and has three children.


CEA Member Austan Goolsbee

Austan Goolsbee was nominated as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers. Goolsbee is also serving as staff director and chief economist on the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

Goolsbee was the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He was an economic adviser to Barack Obama’s 2004 Senate race before becoming a senior economic adviser to Senator Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign.

He is a member of the panel of Economic Advisers to the Congressional Budget Office, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a research fellow at the American Bar Foundation. He is a Senior Economist to the Democratic Leadership Council and the Progressive Policy Institute. He is also a frequent contributor to the New York Times. He was recently a Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship.

His work focuses on the new economy, government policy, taxes, and technology.

Goolsbee was selected as one of Financial Times' six "Gurus of the Future"/Best under 40 (2005), named one of the Young Global Leaders at the 2005 World Economic Forum, and one of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow at the 2002 World Economic Forum.

He was born on August 18, 1969, in Waco, Texas. He received his B.A. summa cum laude in economics from Yale University in 1991, his M.A. in economics from Yale University in 1991, and his Ph.D in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995. He is married with three children.


CEA Member Cecilia Rouse

Cecilia Rouse was nominated by President Barack Obama as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Rouse was the Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She is a senior editor of The Future of Children and the Journal of Labor Economics.

Her recent research includes studying Florida’s school accountability and voucher programs, technology-based programs in schools in large urban districts, strategies for increasing educational attainment among community college students, and the impact of student loans on post-college occupational choices.

Previous research has focused on labor economics and the economics of education. Topics include the study of the economic benefit of community college attendance, the Milwaukee Parent Choice Program, and the effects of education inputs on student achievement. She studied the existence of discrimination in symphony orchestras, unions in South Africa, and the effect of financial aid on college matriculation.

Rouse is the founding director of the Princeton University Education Research Section, and the current director of the Industrial Relations Section. She is a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on the Transition to Adulthood. Rouse served in the National Economic Council under President William J. Clinton from 1998 to 1999. She received her Ph.D in economics from Harvard University.

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