Jason Furman

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Jason Furman

Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers Jason Furman is a strong advocate for the welfare state. He believes that American tax dollar "investments" in "nutrition assistance, health care, housing vouchers and other programs included in the President’s Budget would not only help low-income families today, but would also improve our future economic performance" as discussed with Krista Ruffini in a White House blog in May, 2015.[1] Furman is also cited in a December 2015 report that gushes over the "highly effective" Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program.[2]


As described at Whitehouse.gov,[3] Jason Furman "was confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2013 as the 28th Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. In this role, he serves as President Obama’s Chief Economist and a Member of the Cabinet. Furman has served Obama since the beginning of the Administration, previously holding the position of Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President. Immediately prior to the Administration, Jason Furman was Economic Policy Director for the President’s campaign in 2008 and a member of the Presidential Transition Team.

Jason Furman held a variety of posts in public policy and research before his work with President Obama. In public policy, Furman worked at the White House Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton administration and also at the World Bank. In research, Furman was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and also has served in visiting positions at various universities, including NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy. Furman has conducted research in a wide range of areas, such as fiscal policy, tax policy, health economics, Social Security, and domestic and international macroeconomics. In addition to numerous articles in scholarly journals and periodicals, Furman is the editor of two books on economic policy. Furman holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University."

Jason Furman was "mentored" (along with budget director Peter Orszag) by Joseph Stiglitz, whose 2003 book The Roaring Nineties was described by Bloomberg News as “a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s blueprint to reshape the U.S. economy.”[4]