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  Goolsbee, Austan D.
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InfoAustan Dean Goolsbee, born August 18, 1969, is an economist and is currently the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. President-Elect Barack Obama announced on November 26, 2008, that Goolsbee will serve under Paul Volcker as staff director to and chief economist of a new federal panel, the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and will be nominated as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Mr. Goolsbee has been an economics columnist for The New York Times and Slate and a host of the show “History’s Business” on the History Channel. He is currently 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.

The two men overlapped at the University of Chicago, where Mr. Obama taught at the law school and Mr. Goolsbee teaches at the business school. They did not meet, however, until the 2004 Senate campaign, after Mr. Obama’s advisers called on Mr. Goolsbee for advice on economic issues. Mr. Obama’s Republican opponent, Alan Keyes, had been advocating some unorthodox tax policies, including exempting descendants of slaves from taxes for two generations. Mr. Goolsbee then advised Mr. Obama on economic issues during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Goolsbee was born to Linda and Arthur Goolsbee in Waco, Texas, and raised primarily in Whittier, California. As a high school student at Milton Academy, a New England preparatory school, Goolsbee became one of the most decorated competitive speakers in the nation. In 1987, he became the first extemporaneous speaking competitor to go through an entire year of competitions placing only first. This included winning the NCFL national championship in extemporaneous speaking for the second time and winning the National Forensics League's national championship in international extemporaneous speaking as well as placing second in the nation in original oratory.

As a student at Yale he debated in the American Parliamentary Debate Association circuit, and in the Yale Political Union. In 1991, he and partner David Gray were the National Debate Team of the Year and Goolsbee finished as the third-best speaker at the World Debate Championships in Toronto. In 1990 he and partner Dahlia Lithwick were runners up for National Debate Team of the Year. He and partner John Wertheim placed second at the national championship. Goolsbee later served as coach to the M.I.T. debate team and the University of Chicago debate society. While at Yale, Austan Goolsbee also joined the Skull & Bones secret society.

He graduated from Milton Academy and then went on to earn higher educational degrees: B.A. summa cum laude (economics), Yale University, 1991; M.A. (economics), Yale University, 1991; Ph.D. (economics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995. He was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (2000-02) and Fulbright Scholar (2006-07).

Goolsbee married Robin Winters on November 1, 1997. She was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company at the time and earlier the director of business development at MTV International. They have one daughter and two sons.


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