Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers - USA
Jason Furman is a Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Furman was a top economic adviser to President Obama for his entire Presidency, including serving as the 28th Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers from August 2013 to January 2017, acting as both President Obama’s chief economist and a member of the cabinet. During this time Furman played a major role in most of the major economic policies of the Obama Administration. In addition, Furman helped make the Council of Economic Advisers a thought leader on a wide range of topics including labor markets, competition policy, technology policy and macroeconomics.
Previously Furman held a variety of posts in public policy and research. In public policy, Furman worked at both the Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council during the Clinton administration and also at the World Bank. In research, Furman was a Director of the Hamilton Project and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and also a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and also has served in visiting positions at various universities, including NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy. Furman has conducted research in a wide range of areas, including fiscal policy, tax policy, health economics, Social Security, technology policy and domestic and international macroeconomics. In addition to numerous articles in scholarly journals and periodicals, Furman is the editor of two books on economic policy. Furman holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
“We Need Your Help: How Behavioral Sciences Can Help Address Five Major Economic Problems,” Behavioral Science & Policy, 2017.
“What Progressive Tax Reform Should Look Like,” Democracy Journal, April 4, 2016.
“A Firm-level Perspective on the Role of Rents in the Rise of Inequality,” with Peter Orszag, October 16, 2015.
Path to Prosperity (Brookings Institution Press: 2008) edited with Jason Bordoff.
“Economic Crises: Evidence and Insights from East Asia,” with Joseph Stiglitz, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity 1:1999, pp. 1-135.
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