Casey B. Mulligan

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Casey Mulligan
Academic background
Alma materHarvard University (BA
University of Chicago (PhD)
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago
Harvard University
Clemson University
Chief Economist of the Council of Economic Advisers
In office
September 8, 2018 – August 2019
PresidentDonald Trump

Casey B. Mulligan is an American economist and author. He is a Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago.[1] He served as chief economist for the Council of Economic Advisers in the Trump Administration from September 6, 2018 to August 2019.[2][3][4]


After earning a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, Mulligan earned a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1993.[1][5] After completing his PhD, he became a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago before starting a tenure-track in 1994.[1]


Mulligan has worked as a visiting professor at Harvard University, Clemson University, and the Harris School of Public Policy Studies.[6] He has written articles for RealClearPolitics, Newsweek, The Washington Times, and National Review.[7] Mulligan also wrote for Economix, a New York Times blog.[8]

In 2012, Mulligan published The Redistribution Recession which argued that social welfare programs such as food stamps and unemployment benefits during the Great Recession disincentivized work and thus prolonged the recession.[9][10] Mulligan has argued that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") disincentivizes work.[11][12] Mulligan opposes paid sick days, arguing that they lead workers to take sick days even when they are not sick.[13][14]

In 2020, he published You’re Hired!: Untold Successes and Failures of a Populist President, which praises President Trump's skills and his administration's policies. With Trump economic advisor Kevin Hassett, he co-authored an analysis of Biden's economic program during the 2020 presidential election.[15][16]


  1. ^ a b c "CV" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-06-30.
  2. ^ Tankersley, Jim; Haberman, Maggie; Rabin, Roni Caryn (2020-03-23). "Trump Considers Reopening Economy, Over Health Experts' Objections". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  3. ^ "Casey Mulligan Named Chief Economist for the Council of Economic Advisers | The University of Chicago Division of the Social Sciences". Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  4. ^ "Trump's Vast Deregulatory Landscape Goes Unnoticed by the Experts". Economics21. 2020-01-13. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  5. ^ "Casey Mulligan". Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  6. ^ "Casey B. Mulligan". Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  7. ^ "Casey B. Mulligan | The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal Journalist | Muck Rack". Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  8. ^ "Casey B. Mulligan - Economix Blog - The New York Times". Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  9. ^ Kleinbard, Edward D. (May 2016). We are better than this: how government should spend our money. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-049668-5. OCLC 951910289.
  10. ^ Mulligan, Casey B. (2012-11-02). The Redistribution Recession. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199942213.001.0001. ISBN 978-0-19-994221-3.
  11. ^ "Column: Working parents have two jobs — and both are important to the economy". PBS NewsHour. 2016-06-28. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  12. ^ "Gruber Responds To Economix Critique Of Health Reform". Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  13. ^ "What's so bad about paid sick days?". Salon. 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  14. ^ Mulligan, Casey B. (2009-10-28). "Home Sick: Another Case Where Work Incentives Matter". Economix Blog. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
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  16. ^ Tankersley, Jim; Kaplan, Thomas (2020-10-18). "Would Biden's Tax Plan Help or Hurt a Weak Economy?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-01-09.