Dr. Alan Krueger, Chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, discusses the Administration's strategies for re-booting the economy and reversing the middle class jobs deficit."
Chrystia Freeland is the Canadian Member of Parliament for the riding of Toronto Centre. After starting as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, Washington Post, and The Economist, she went on to do many jobs at FT, including deputy editor, UK news editor, Moscow bureau chief, Eastern Europe correspondent, editor of its weekend edition, editor of FT.com, and US managing editor. From 1999 to 2001, she was deputy editor of The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. In 2010, Freeland joined as editor-at-large for Thomson Reuters, where she most recently worked as managing director and editor of consumer news. She is the author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (2012), a New York Times bestseller which won the National Business Book Award and the Lionel Gelber Prize in 2013. She is a co-chair of the Liberal Party’s Economic Advisory Council and the Party’s critic for International Trade.
Dr. Alan Krueger
Dr. Alan B. Krueger is the chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and a member of the Cabinet. Previously, Dr. Krueger served in the Obama Administration as assistant secretary for economic policy and chief economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
He is currently on leave from Princeton University, where he is the Bendheim professor of Economics and Public Affairs. In 1994-95, Dr. Krueger served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor.
He has been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the editorial board of Science, and has served as chief economist for the Council for Economic Education.
Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Krueger was a member of the Board of Directors of the MacArthur Foundation and the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education at Charles University in the Czech Republic, and a senior scientist for the Gallup Organization. Dr. Krueger received a B.S. degree, with honors, from Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations in 1983, an A.M. in Economics from Harvard University in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1987.
Alan B. Krueger, chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, argues that the middle class is the largest driver of the U.S. economy. While the top 1% of wage earners control most of the nation's wealth, they often sit on the sidelines regarding consumer spending.