Austan Goolsbee

  • University of Chicago

Austan Goolsbee is the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Goolsbee previously served as Chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors and a member of the Cabinet as well as the chief economist for the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. He has been a Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of the Panel of Economic Advisors to the Congressional Budget Office. He served as Senior Economist to the Progressive Policy Institute. Goolsbee’s academic research focuses on the Internet, the new economy, government policy, and taxes. He taught a class on economics and policy in the telecom, media and technology industries. He focuses on human activity in natural settings to find economic explanations for how people behave. Goolsbee is an award-winning journalist and was the former host of the television show History’s Business on the History Channel. He also wrote the column Economic View for The New York Times. Goolsbee received both his B.A. summa cum laude and M.A. in economics from Yale University and his Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar.