Monday, August 29, 2011
Is Alan Krueger a good person to head the Council of Economic Advisors? Here's his CV. Krueger is a successful applied microeconomist who has worked on problems in labor economics and education. I may be wrong, but I think we can characterize him as astructural, vs. structural along the lines of Heckman, Wolpin, or Pakes. Krueger would certainly have a grip on the ailments of US labor markets and US education, which certainly seem central to what the CEA should be thinking about. How any individual will behave in a policy job is hard to predict, but this seems as good a choice as any to me. Maybe you know something I don't though. I do know that this paper was a little weird.