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|Headquarters||Eisenhower Executive Office Building|
|Parent agency||Executive Office of the President of the United States|
|Website||Council of Economic Advisers|
The Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) is a United States agency within the Executive Office of the President established in 1946, which advises the President of the United States on economic policy. The CEA provides much of the objective empirical research for the White House and prepares the annual Economic Report of the President.
The Truman administration established the Council of Economic Advisers via the Employment Act of 1946, to provide presidents with objective economic analysis and advice on the development and implementation of a wide range of domestic and international economic policy issues. It was a step from an "ad hoc style of economic policy making to a more institutionalized and focused process". In 1949 Chairman Edwin Nourse and member Leon Keyserling argued about whether the advice should be private or public and about the role of government in economic stabilization.
Nourse believed a choice had to be made between "guns or butter" but Keyserling argued for deficit spending, an expanding economy could afford large defense expenditures without sacrificing an increased standard of living. In 1949, Keyserling gained support from Truman advisors Dean Acheson and Clark Clifford. Nourse resigned as chairman, warning about the dangers of budget deficits and increased funding of "wasteful" defense costs. Keyserling succeeded to the chairmanship and influenced Truman's Fair Deal proposals and the economic sections of NSC 68 that, in April 1950, asserted that the larger armed forces America needed would not affect living standards or risk the "transformation of the free character of our economy."
During the 1953-54 recession, the CEA, headed by Arthur Burns deployed non-traditional neo-keynesian interventions, which provided results later called the "steady fifties" wherein many families stayed in the economic "middleclass" with just one family wage-earner. The Eisenhower Administration supported an activist contracyclical approach that helped to establish Keynesianism as a possible bipartisan economic policy for the nation. Especially important in formulating the CEA response to the recession--accelerating public works programs, easing credit, and reducing taxes--were Arthur F. Burns and Neil H. Jacoby.
Until 1963 -during its first seven years- the CEA made five technical advances in policy making, including the replacement of a "cyclical model" of the economy by a "growth model," the setting of quantitative targets for the economy, use of the theories of fiscal drag and full-employment budget, recognition of the need for greater flexibility in taxation, and replacement of the notion of unemployment as a structural problem by a realization of a low aggregate demand.
The 1978 Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act required each administration to move toward full employment and reasonable price stability within a specific time period. It has made CEA's annual economic report highly political in nature, as well as highly unreliable and inaccurate over the standard two or five year projection periods.
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Since 1980, the CEA focused on sources of economic growth, the supply side of the economy and on international issues.
The council's chairman is nominated by the president and approved by the United States Senate. The members are appointed by the president. As of July 2017, the council´s 18 person staff consisted of a chief of staff (Director of Macroeconomic Forecasting), 15 economists (5 senior, 4 research, 4 staff economists, 2 economic statisticians) and 2 operations staff.Many of the staff economists are academics on leave or government economists on temporary assignment from other agencies.
|Officeholder||Term start||Term end||President|
|Edwin G. Nourse||August 9, 1946||November 1, 1949||Harry Truman|
|November 2, 1949||January 20, 1953|
|Arthur F. Burns||March 19, 1953||December 1, 1956||Dwight Eisenhower|
|Raymond J. Saulnier||December 3, 1956||January 20, 1961|
|Walter Heller||January 29, 1961||November 15, 1964||John F. Kennedy|
|Gardner Ackley||November 16, 1964||February 15, 1968|
|Arthur M. Okun||February 15, 1968||January 20, 1969|
|Paul W. McCracken||February 4, 1969||December 31, 1971||Richard Nixon|
|Herbert Stein||January 1, 1972||August 31, 1974|
|Alan Greenspan||September 4, 1974||January 20, 1977|
|Charles Schultze||January 22, 1977||January 20, 1981||Jimmy Carter|
|Murray Weidenbaum||February 27, 1981||August 25, 1982||Ronald Reagan|
|Martin Feldstein||October 14, 1982||July 10, 1984|
|Beryl W. Sprinkel||April 18, 1985||January 20, 1989|
|Michael J. Boskin||February 2, 1989||January 20, 1993||George H. W. Bush|
|Laura Tyson||February 5, 1993||February 21, 1995||Bill Clinton|
|Joseph Stiglitz||June 28, 1995||February 13, 1997|
|Janet Yellen||February 18, 1997||August 3, 1999|
|Martin N. Baily||August 12, 1999||January 20, 2001|
|Glenn Hubbard||May 11, 2001||February 28, 2003||George W. Bush|
|Greg Mankiw||May 29, 2003||February 18, 2005|
|Harvey S. Rosen||February 23, 2005||June 10, 2005|
|Ben Bernanke||June 21, 2005||January 31, 2006|
|Edward Lazear||February 27, 2006||January 20, 2009|
|Christina Romer||January 28, 2009||September 3, 2010||Barack Obama|
|Austan Goolsbee||September 10, 2010||August 5, 2011|
|Alan Krueger||November 7, 2011||August 2, 2013|
|Jason Furman||August 2, 2013||January 20, 2017|
|Kevin Hassett||September 13, 2017||Incumbent||Donald Trump|