About the Speaker
Austan Goolsbee is the Robert P. Gwinn professor of Economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and one of the world’s leading experts on business, government and the economy.
Goolsbee previously served as chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and a member of the cabinet as well as the chief economist for the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (chaired by Paul Volcker). In addition, he served as a member of the Board of Education for the City of Chicago and eight years as a member of the Economic Advisory Panel to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Goolsbee is a former Fulbright Scholar and Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and sits on the board of the Lumina Foundation. In 2009, he was voted “D.C.’s Funniest Celebrity”.
Goolsbee earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Economics from Yale University and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.