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Episode 61

Was Austan Goolsbee’s First Visit to the Oval Office Almost His Last?

The former chairman of the Obama administration’s Council of Economic Advisors tells Steve how improv comedy was a better training ground for teaching than a Ph.D. from M.I.T., and why…

Austan Goolsbee on Austan Goolsbee

Austan Goolsbee Want to know a bit more about Austan Gooslbee, the newly appointed chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers? Straight from the horse’s mouth, here’s a…






Colbert Gets the Goolsbee Bump

I just caught this (with a Tivo-induced lag) — Austan Goolsbee on Monday’s Colbert Report: The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Austan Goolsbee www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full…





Episode 332

Why the Trump Tax Cuts Are Terrible/Awesome (Part 2)

Three former White House economists weigh in on the new tax bill. A sample: “The overwhelming evidence is that the trickle-down, magic-beanstalk beans argument — that’s just nonsense.”

Episode 185

Should the U.S. Merge With Mexico?

Corporations around the world are consolidating like never before. If it’s good enough for companies, why not countries? Welcome to Amexico!

Episode 411

Is $2 Trillion the Right Medicine for a Sick Economy?

Congress just passed the biggest aid package in modern history. We ask six former White House economic advisors and one U.S. Senator: Will it actually work? What are its best…

The Simple Tax Return

…people hadn’t thought to do either before. Let’s hope that Goolsbee keeps the billion dollar ideas coming. As Barack Obama‘s head economic adviser, there is a real chance that Goolsbee



What Does Your Fed Valentine Say?

…be your lover of last resort. #FedValentines Austan Goolsbee @Austan_Goolsbee: Roses are red. Violets are pink. Don’t listen to goldbugs. No one cares what they think. Austan Goolsbee @Austan_Goolsbee: Roses…



Things to Know About Cars

…it last summer, here’s one account of the internal White House clash (Larry Summers vs. Austan Goolsbee) over whether Chrysler should have been rescued: Mr. Goolsbee and Mr. Summers also…



Episode 331

Why the Trump Tax Cuts Are Awesome/Terrible (Part 1)

Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, explains the thinking behind the controversial new Republican tax package — and why its critics are wrong. (Next week, we’ll hear…

Economic Advisors to the President

University of Chicago economists have a reputation for being outspoken, libertarian, and conservative. My good friend and Chicago colleague Austan Goolsbee, who has been advising Barack Obama on economic policy…




It’s Not the President, Stupid (Ep. 65)

…central concern for many voters as the 2012 election unfurls. In this Marketplace segment, you’ll hear from Austan Goolsbee, the University of Chicago economist who has served President Obama as…



Episode 68

The Power of the President — and the Thumb

How much does the President of the United States really matter? And: where did all the hitchhikers go? A pair of “attribution errors.” This is a “mashupdate” of “How Much…

Economists Infiltrate the White House; Now What?

…There were Larry Summers, Peter Orszag, Christina Romer, and Austan Goolsbee; and don’t forget Tim Geithner and Paul Volcker, neither of whom are Ph.D. economists, but neither of whom are…



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Episode 5

Passion Plays: TMSIDK Episode 5

Panelists Austan Goolsbee and Angela Duckworth consult with contestants during the Wheel of Maximum Danger round. (Photo: Lucy Sutton) A study of Roomba owners by the Georgia Institute of Technology…

Episode 466

She’s From the Government, and She’s Here to Help

Cecilia Rouse, the chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, is as cold-blooded as any economist. But she admits that her profession would do well to focus on…

Episode 121

The Tax Man Nudgeth

Real tax reform may or may not ever happen. In the meantime, how about making the current system work a bit better?

Episode 72

Lottery Loopholes and Deadly Doctors

What do you do when smart people keep making stupid mistakes? And: are we a nation of financial illiterates? This is a “mashupdate” of “Is America Ready for a “No-Lose…

Episode 65

It’s Not the President, Stupid

Isn’t it time to admit that the U.S. economy doesn’t have a commander in chief?

The Cleaners

Vanity Fair and Bloomberg hosted an economic panel last week featuring Meredith Whitney, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Olivier Sarkozy, Austan Goolsbee, and Jack Welch. The heavyweight panelists debated unions, the Obama…



Some Links Worth Following

President Obama is reading The World America Made , which downplays the America-is-in-decline meme; meanwhile, Latin America pushes the America-is-in-decline meme. Austan Goolsbee is on Twitter, and has lots to…




Susan Athey wins Clark Medal

…short list: Marianne Bertrand, Esther Duflo, Austan Goolsbee, Sendhil Mullainathan, Ilya Segal, and Rob Shimer. University of Chicago economists are over-represented on my list partly because we have many of…



The Tax Man Nudgeth (Ep. 121)

…bit. In this episode, former White House economist Austan Goolsbee tells us why the government doesn’t try too hard to collect tax on all the cash that sloshes around the…