Austan D. Goolsbee

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Austan D. Goolsbee
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Occupation Instructor
Employer University of Chicago
Location Chicago
Twitter @Austan_Goolsbee

Austan D. Goolsbee is an instructor at the University of Chicago. He returned to his position there in November of 2011 after spending three years in the White House as chairman of President Barack Obama‘s Council of Economic Advisors.[1] He also headed up the staff of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board.


Goolsbee has been an economics columnist for The New York Times and Slate. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; a research fellow at the American Bar Foundation; and a member of the Panel of Economic Advisers to the Congressional Budget Office. He has served as a member of the United States Census Advisory Committee; a special consultant for Internet policy for the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division; and a senior economist for the Progressive Policy Institute and the Democratic Leadership Council.

His most cited paper, co-written with Jeffrey Brown, examines the value of the economic competition created by the Internet.[2]

Goolsbee was selected as one of Financial Times' six "Gurus of the Future"/Best under 40 (2005), named one of the Young Global Leaders at the 2005 World Economic Forum, and one of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow at the 2002 World Economic Forum.[3]


Goolsbee graduated from Milton Academy and received both his B.A. summa cum laude and M.A. in economics from Yale University in 1991 and went on to receive his Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995. He was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (2000-02) and Fulbright Scholar (2006-07).