Jason Furman Joins Peterson Institute for International Economics

January 23, 2017

Washington—The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) is pleased to welcome Jason Furman as a senior fellow beginning in January 2017. Furman was previously the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), where he served as President Obama’s chief economist and a member of the cabinet.

"Jason’s done tremendous work as CEA chair combining superb economic analysis with impactful policy advice. That he accomplished this in the midst of the Great Recession and earned bipartisan respect doing so is truly impressive,” said PIIE President Adam S. Posen. "We look forward to his continued ground-breaking work on productivity, taxes, growth, and inequality, and learning from him as part of our community at the Institute of the best global policy economists.”

Before his appointment as CEA chairman, Furman served as the principal deputy director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the president. Immediately prior to joining the Obama administration, he was economic policy director for the president’s campaign in 2008 and a member of the presidential transition team. Furman held a variety of posts in public policy and research before his work with President Obama. In public policy, Furman worked at both the CEA and the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration and also at the World Bank. Prior to his career in public policy, Furman was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

“Over the last 8 years my work on public policy has benefited greatly from the research and scholars at the Peterson Institute,” said Jason Furman. “I am thrilled to be joining this team and look forward to continuing to learn from all of them—and to contribute as well."

In addition to numerous articles in scholarly journals and periodicals, Furman is the editor of two books on economic policy. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in social studies from Harvard, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics, and a Master of Arts in government and a PhD in economics from Harvard.

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