Obama nominates Alan Krueger to lead economic council

Krueger is a highly respected but relatively unknown specialist in employment and the workforce. He served as chief economist at the Treasury Department in the Obama administration's first two years.
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Obama nominates Alan Krueger to lead economic council

Reporting from Washington—

President Obama is moving to install labor specialist Alan Krueger as chairman of his Council of Economic Advisors in an effort to bolster the depleted White House economic team as it girds for a political campaign that’s expected to focus on jobs and growth.

In nominating Krueger, Obama picked a highly respected specialist in employment and the workforce who served as chief economist at the Treasury Department in the first two years of the Obama administration. During that time, Krueger, 50, worked on tax incentives to encourage employment and on programs that sparked auto purchases and municipal building projects — the kinds of plans Obama is expected to unveil in coming weeks to spur job creation.

Although Krueger would clearly add weight to an economic team that has been hit by a raft of departures, he is relatively unknown and his appointment signals a continuation of the current middle-of-the-road course on economic policymaking, despite some Democrats’ call for more aggressive action, including additional government stimulus to boost the flagging economy.

Reporting from Washington—

President Obama is moving to install labor specialist Alan Krueger as chairman of his Council of Economic Advisors in an effort to bolster the depleted White House economic team as it girds for a political campaign that’s expected to focus on jobs and growth.

In nominating Krueger, Obama picked a highly respected specialist in employment and the workforce who served as chief economist at the Treasury Department in the first two years of the Obama administration. During that time, Krueger, 50, worked on tax incentives to encourage employment and on programs that sparked auto purchases and municipal building projects — the kinds of plans Obama is expected to unveil in coming weeks to spur job creation.

Although Krueger would clearly add weight to an economic team that has been hit by a raft of departures, he is relatively unknown and his appointment signals a continuation of the current middle-of-the-road course on economic policymaking, despite some Democrats’ call for more aggressive action, including additional government stimulus to boost the flagging economy.

Reporting from Washington—

President Obama is moving to install labor specialist Alan Krueger as chairman of his Council of Economic Advisors in an effort to bolster the depleted White House economic team as it girds for a political campaign that’s expected to focus on jobs and growth.

In nominating Krueger, Obama picked a highly respected specialist in employment and the workforce who served as chief economist at the Treasury Department in the first two years of the Obama administration. During that time, Krueger, 50, worked on tax incentives to encourage employment and on programs that sparked auto purchases and municipal building projects — the kinds of plans Obama is expected to unveil in coming weeks to spur job creation.

Although Krueger would clearly add weight to an economic team that has been hit by a raft of departures, he is relatively unknown and his appointment signals a continuation of the current middle-of-the-road course on economic policymaking, despite some Democrats’ call for more aggressive action, including additional government stimulus to boost the flagging economy.