Alan B. Krueger

Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, he has held a joint appointment in the Economics Department and Woodrow Wilson School since 1987. He is the founding Director of the Princeton University Survey Research Center. He served as Chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and a Member of his Cabinet in 2011-13. He also served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 2009-10, and as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor in 1994-95. He has published widely on the economics of education, terrorism, unemployment, labor demand, income distribution, social insurance, labor market regulation and environmental economics. He is the author of What Makes A Terrorist: Economics and the Roots of Terrorism, Princeton University Press (2007); Inequality in America: What Role for Human Capital Policies (with J. Heckman), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (2004) and Myth and Measurement: The New Economics of the Minimum Wage (with D. Card), Princeton University Press, 1995. He is currently writing a book on Rockonomics, on the economics of the music industry (forthcoming Penguin Press).


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Pain and labor force drain

introduced by Alberto Orioli Italy and the U.S. have the lowest labor force participation rates of prime working-age...