|Chairperson of the Council of Economic Advisers|
August 2, 2013
|Preceded by||Alan Krueger|
August 18, 1970 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Harvard University
London School of Economics
Jason Furman (born August 18, 1970) is an economist. On June 10, 2013, Furman was named by President Barack Obama as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA). Previously, since January 28, 2009, Furman had served as the Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, which followed his role as an advisor to candidate Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. Initially, Furman's appointment as a campaign adviser had been criticized by some labor activists.
Life and career
Furman's research and policy focus includes the subjects of taxes, health care, and the U.S. Social Security program. Furman's qualified defense of Wal-Mart's business model provoked criticism from some labor organizations when he joined the 2008 Obama presidential campaign.
Furman graduated from The Dalton School in 1988. In 1996, while he was a graduate student at Harvard Department of Economics, Furman was hired by economist Joseph Stiglitz to serve a one-year stint as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy in the Clinton Administration and on staff of the Council of Economic Advisers. He later worked with Stiglitz at the World Bank. Furman was involved to varying degrees with the Presidential campaigns of Al Gore and Wesley Clark, along with his wife, Eve Gerber, who also contributed as a speechwriter for Clark. In 2004, he took a position as Director of Economic Policy for the 2004 Kerry presidential campaign.
Furman received an MSc from the London School of Economics and in 2003 a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. His Ph.D. thesis advisor was N. Gregory Mankiw, who had once also served as Chairman of the CEA, during the administration of George W. Bush. Also at Harvard, Furman earned a bachelor's in social studies and a master's in government.
In recent years, Furman worked as a budget expert at the Brookings Institution. There, he worked with former Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and directed the Hamilton Project, an economic policy research group that develops policy proposals to achieve shared economic growth.
He and his wife Eve live in Washington, DC, with their two children, Henry and Louisa. The family also maintains an apartment in Greenwich Village.
Raised in New York City, Furman is the son of Jay Furman, a real-estate and shopping mall developer who donated more than $20 million to NYU  and serves on its board of trustees. His mother, Gail Furman, a child psychologist, heads the family's Furman Foundation, Inc, which funds mostly left-leaning nonprofit groups. His brother Jesse Furman is a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Furman's hobby, or at least a major skill, is juggling, which he mastered while performing on Manhattan streets for tourists some 20 years ago. His act included tossing knives, burning torches and even a bowling ball.
- The White House. "Remarks by the President Nominating Jason Furman as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers." June 10, 2013.
- Obama's selection of Jason Furman as economic advisor is criticized - Los Angeles Times
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- Jason Furman - Brookings Institution
- Jason Furman NYU Wagner
- Barrett, Ruth Shalit. "New Brainiac: Jason Furman". New York Magazine. New York Media LLC. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
- Guidestar: Furman Foundation, Inc. FY 2007 Report
- Gerstein, Josh. "An Ex-New-York-Knife-Juggler To Hone Obama's Econ Policy". The New York Sun. Two S LLLC. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
- Writings at the Brookings Institution
- Jason Furman collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Jason Furman collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- Works by or about Jason Furman in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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