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Cecilia Rouse
30th Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers
In office
March 12, 2021 – March 31, 2023
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byTyler Goodspeed (Acting)
Succeeded byJared Bernstein
Member of the Council of Economic Advisers
In office
March 11, 2009 – February 28, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byDonald B. Marron Jr.
Succeeded byKatharine Abraham
Personal details
Cecilia Elena Rouse

(1963-12-18) December 18, 1963 (age 60)
Walnut Creek, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
RelativesCarl A. Rouse (father)
Carolyn Rouse (sister)
EducationHarvard University (BA, MA, PhD)
Academic career
InstitutionPrinceton University
Lawrence F. Katz
Claudia Goldin[1]

Cecilia Elena Rouse (/ˈrs/ ROWSS; born December 18, 1963) is an American economist and the President of the Brookings Institution.[2] She served as the 30th Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers between 2021 and 2023. She is the first Black American to hold this position.[3] Prior to this, she served as the dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.[4] Joe Biden nominated Rouse to be Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in November 2020.[5] Rouse was overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate on March 2, 2021, by a vote of 95–4.[6] She resigned on March 31, 2023 to return to teaching.[7] On June 28, she was named the 9th President of the Brookings Institution.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Rouse grew up in Del Mar, California and graduated from Torrey Pines High School in 1981.[9] She has two siblings: Forest Rouse, a physicist; and Carolyn Rouse, an anthropologist and professor at Princeton University. Her father Carl A. Rouse was a research physicist who received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1956. Her mother Lorraine worked as a school psychologist.[10]

Rouse received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Harvard University in 1986 and a PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1992.[4][11]


After earning her doctorate, Rouse joined the faculty at Princeton University in 1992.[12]

Rouse served in the National Economic Council under President Bill Clinton from 1998 to 1999.[13]

Rouse served as a member of President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers from 2009 to 2011.[13]

Rouse has served as the dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and is the Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education.[14][15] She is the founding director of the Princeton University Education Research Section, is a member of the National Academy of Education and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.[14] Her primary research interests are in labor economics[16] with a focus on the economics of education.[17] Rouse has served as an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and as a senior editor of The Future of Children.[14] She was a member of the board of directors of MDRC, and a director of the T. Rowe Price Equity Mutual Funds and an advisory board member of the T. Rowe Price Fixed Income Mutual Funds.[14]

Rouse sworn in as the Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors by Vice President Kamala Harris.

Biden administration[edit]

President Joe Biden nominated Rouse to become Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.[18] The Senate Banking Committee held hearings on her nomination on January 28, 2021.[19] On February 4, 2021, the committee favorably reported Rouse's nomination to the Senate floor.[20] The Senate confirmed Rouse by a vote of 95–4 on March 2, 2021.[21]

In November 2022, it was announced that Rouse would be leaving her position as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers following the 2022 midterms.[22] In February 2023, Jared Bernstein was nominated as her successor by President Biden.[23][24]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Goldin, Claudia; Rouse, Cecilia (2000). "Orchestrating Impartiality: The Impact of "Blind" Auditions on Female Musicians". American Economic Review. 90 (4): 715–741. doi:10.1257/aer.90.4.715. S2CID 16026987.
  • Kane, Thomas J.; Rouse, Cecilia Elena (1995). "Labor-market returns to two-and four-year college". The American Economic Review. 85 (3): 600–614. Abstract.
  • Rouse, Cecilia Elena (1998). "Private school vouchers and student achievement: An evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program". The Quarterly Journal of Economics. 113 (2): 553–602. doi:10.1162/003355398555685. S2CID 55948629.
  • Ashenfelter, Orley; Rouse, Cecilia (1998). "Income, schooling, and ability: Evidence from a new sample of identical twins" (PDF). The Quarterly Journal of Economics. 113 (1): 253–284. doi:10.1162/003355398555577. S2CID 154890265.
  • Kane, Thomas J.; Rouse, Cecilia Elena (1999). "The community college: Educating students at the margin between college and work". The Journal of Economic Perspectives. 13 (1): 63–84. doi:10.1257/jep.13.1.63.
  • Rouse, Cecilia Elena (1995). "Democratization or diversion? The effect of community colleges on educational attainment". Journal of Business & Economic Statistics. 13 (2): 217–224. doi:10.1080/07350015.1995.10524596.
  • Figlio, David N.; Rouse, Cecilia Elena (2006). "Do accountability and voucher threats improve low-performing schools?" (PDF). Journal of Public Economics. 90 (1): 239–255. doi:10.1016/j.jpubeco.2005.08.005. S2CID 59319503.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Amy Guan (May 25, 2011). "Cecilia Rouse: Economist". The Harvard Crimson.
  2. ^ "Brookings Institution Announces Dr. Cecilia Rouse as President".
  3. ^ Tankersley, Jim (March 2, 2021). "Senate confirms Cecilia Rouse as the first Black chair of White House economic council". The New York Times. Retrieved March 5, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Tankersley, Jim; Smialek, Jeanna (December 2, 2020). "Biden's New Top Economist Has a Longtime Focus on Workers". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  5. ^ "Economy Nominees and Appointees". President-Elect Joe Biden. November 30, 2020. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  6. ^ Rogers, Alex (March 3, 2021). "Senate confirms Cecilia Rouse to be Biden's top economist". CNN. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  7. ^ Tankersley, Jim (March 31, 2023). "Top Economist Leaves White House, and an Economy Not Yet 'Normal'". New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2023.
  8. ^ "Dr. Cecilia Rouse talks about being appointed Brookings's ninth President". Brookings. Retrieved July 5, 2023.
  9. ^ Associated Press (December 1, 2020). "Del Mar native nominated for post in Biden administration". Del Mar Times. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  10. ^ Jennifer Greenstein Altmann (February 11, 2002). "Childhood curiosity sparks academic career for sisters". Princeton - Weekly Bulletin.
  11. ^ "Cecilia Rouse". Blavatnik School of Government. Archived from the original on December 18, 2020. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  12. ^ "Cecilia Rouse Joins Princeton Faculty".
  13. ^ a b "Former Members of the Council". Obama White House. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  14. ^ a b c d "Dean Cecilia Rouse to be nominated chair of Council of Economic Advisers by President-Elect Biden". Princeton University. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  15. ^ "rouse". Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. Retrieved August 8, 2022.
  16. ^ Davidson, Kate; Thomas, Ken (November 30, 2020). "Joe Biden Fills Out His Economic Team". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  17. ^ Siegel, Rachel (January 19, 2021). "Meet the economist charged with keeping Biden's promises to women and people of color". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  18. ^ Thomas, Ken (November 29, 2020). "WSJ News Exclusive | Biden to Name Rouse, Tanden to Economic Team". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  19. ^ "Nomination Hearing | United States Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs". www.banking.senate.gov. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  20. ^ "PN78-17 — Cecilia Elena Rouse — Executive Office of the President 117th Congress (2021-2022)". US Congress. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  21. ^ "On the Nomination (Confirmation: Cecilia Elena Rouse, of New Jersey, to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers)". US Senate. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  22. ^ "Top Biden economic adviser Cecilia Rouse leaving after midterm elections". CBS News. November 18, 2022. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  23. ^ "Biden announces reshaped economic team, naming 2 new top advisers". CBS News. February 14, 2023. Retrieved February 14, 2023.
  24. ^ "Biden appoints Lael Brainard, Jared Bernstein to key economic jobs". Axios. Retrieved February 14, 2023.

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