Alan Krueger

  • 2004 Theodore Roosevelt Fellow

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  • Alan B. Krueger was, until 2010, the Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to his appointment to the Treasury in 2009, Krueger served as Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Policy in the Department of Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University; and Professor of Economics & Public Affairs in the Department of Economics at Princeton University. Following his term at the Treasury, Krueger returned to Princeton University. He was Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor from August 1994 to August 1995. Dr. Krueger's primary research and teaching interests are in the general areas of labor economics, education, industrial relations, and social insurance. His current research projects include a study of the relationship between poverty and terrorism, an analysis of the effect of school vouchers on student achievement, a study of the formation of public opinion about the economy and economic policy, and a study of the economics of rock and roll concerts. From 2000 to 2006 he wrote a monthly column on economics for The New York Times. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association and served as chief economist for the National Council on Economic Education.

    Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary, Dr. Krueger’s professional affiliations included Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research; Director and Research Associate of the Industrial Relations Section of Princeton University; Research Associate in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University; Research Fellow of IZA, in Bonn, Germany; Research Associate at the Center for Research on Health and Well-Being at Princeton University; and Founding Director of the Princeton University Survey Research Center. He was a member of the Board of Directors at the MacArthur Foundation and American Institute for Research and was a member of the Board of Trustees at the Russell Sage Foundation

    He is the author of What Makes a Terrorist, Education Matters: A Selection of Essays on Education, co-author of Myth and Measurement: The New Economics of the Minimum Wage, and co-author of Inequality in American: What Role for Human Capital Policies? and is the editor of Measuring the Subjective Well-Being of Nations: National Accounts of Time Use and Well-Being. He was a member of the editorial board of Science, was editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives from 1996 to 2002 and was co-editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association from 2003-05.

    Dr. Krueger's honors and awards include election as a Fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Susan Eaton Outstanding Scholar-Practioner Award, Labor and Employment Relations Association; the Mahalanobis Memorial Medal from the Indian Econometric Society; the David N. Kershaw Prize from the Association for Public Policy and Management; election as a Fellow of the Econometric Society; a Teaching Prize from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University; an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Economics; an NBER Olin Fellowship in Economics; election as a Visiting Fellow of the Russell Sage Foundation; election as a Visiting Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University; inclusion in the Carnegie Scholars Program; Class of 1934 Preceptorship of Princeton University; election as a Member of the National Academy of Social Insurance; and the Alpern Prize from Cornell University. Dr. Krueger was elected as a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists in 2005. He graduated with honors from Cornell University in 1983 and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1987.

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