Alan Krueger & R. Glenn Hubbard

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Alan Krueger

  • Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers (2011-2013)
  • Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy (2009-2010)
  • Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
  • 50 Highest Ranked Economists in the World by IDEAS/RePEc, research papers in economics

One of the nation’s most respected economists, Alan Krueger served as chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) and a member of his Cabinet from 2011-2013, and he is among the 50 highest-ranked economists in the world according to Research Papers in Economics. He joined the administration amid the deepening recession and helped steer the country back toward growth. The former chief economist of both the Department of the Treasury and Department of Labor, he is not only one of the foremost experts on labor and unemployment, but he is also one of the people best poised to address our current economic environment.  

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R. Glenn Hubbard

  • Chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors (2001-2003)
  • Co-Chair of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation
  • Dean, Columbia Business School
  • Leading Economic Commentator & Policy Advisor

An economic advisor to Presidents, a well-respected Dean and Professor, leading Republican economist R. Glenn Hubbard has been the architect of policies that affect millions. Event planners invite Hubbard to speak at their events not only to offer their audiences shrewd economic commentary but also to ensure their program maintains the gravitas they've worked so hard to cultivate. Hubbard is that rare economic policy speaker who entertains as he delivers a complex message clearly and concisely - the same skills which have made him a familiar face on political and economic television news programs.

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Alan Krueger's Biography

Alan B. Krueger is the Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He served as Chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from November 2011 to August 2013, and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. He is the founding Director of the Princeton University Survey Research Center. In 2009-10, he served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and in 1994-95 he served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor. He wrote for the New York Times Economic Scene column and Economix blog from 2000 to 2009. He was named a Sloan Fellow in Economics in 1992 and an NBER Olin Fellow in 1989-90. He was editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives from 1996 to 2002. 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 earned a B.S. degree with honors from Cornell University in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1987.

He is one of the nation’s most-respected voices on the economy. He is ranked among the 50 highest-ranked economists in the world according to Research Papers in Economics. Since 1987, he has held a joint appointment in the Economics Department and Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Krueger has published widely on unemployment, income distribution, the economics of education, labor demand, terrorism, subjective well-being, financial markets, social insurance, labor market regulation and environmental economics. Among his many honors, he was awarded the Kershaw Prize by the Association for Public Policy and Management in 1997 for the most significant contributions to public policy research by someone under age 40, elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2002, and awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics in 2006.

He joined the Obama administration in the midst of the financial crisis in February 2009 and helped develop and implement policies that put the country on a path back toward recovery. He is the only economist to have served as Chief Economist of both the Department of the Treasury and Department of Labor. As one of the foremost experts on labor markets, wage growth, inequality and unemployment, his speeches offer insights on the path of the current U.S. recovery, the likely path of future policy developments, and risks and opportunities in the global economy.

President Obama said, Alan has been one of my most trusted advisers on economic policy and a great friend. I asked Alan to lead my Council of Economic Advisers because he understands the economy better than almost anyone …. Alan was the driving force behind many of the economic policies that I have proposed that will grow our economy and create middle-class jobs. … And while we have more work to do, today our economy is improving — thanks, in no small part, to Alan’s efforts.” Dr. Krueger helped design early stimulus proposals, including the “cash for clunkers” rebate, the Build America Bonds program, and the small business lending fund. He also played a major role in the development of the administration’s tax, budget, housing, energy, and international economic agenda.

R. Glenn Hubbard's Biography

Glenn Hubbard is dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School. Hubbard received his BA and BS degrees summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida and also holds AM and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University.

In addition to writing more than 100 scholarly articles in economics and finance, Glenn is the author of three popular textbooks, as well as co-author of The Aid Trap: Hard Truths About Ending Poverty; Balance: The Economics of Great Powers From Ancient Rome to Modern America; and Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System. His commentaries appear in Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, Nikkei, and the Daily Yomiuri, as well as on television and radio.

From 2001 until 2003, he was chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers. In the corporate sector, he is on the boards of ADP, BlackRock, and MetLife.

Hubbard is co-chair of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation; he is a past chair of the Economic Club of New York and a past co-chair of the Study Group on Corporate Boards.