Christina Romer

Chair, Council of Economic Advisers (2009-2010) and Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley and Contributing Editor, Bloomberg News

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Christina Romer is the Class of 1957—Garff B. Wilson professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also co-director of the Program in Monetary Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

From January 2009 until September 2010, Professor Romer served as Chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. In that role, she helped formulate the response to the 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent recession, and contributed to the development and passage of the President’s health reform legislation. She is a specialist in economic history and macroeconomics, and is best known for her work on the causes of the Great Depression and on the conduct and effects of macroeconomic policy.

Her current research focuses on the impact of financial crises in advanced economies. Romer graduated from the College of William and Mary and received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of the National Science Foundation “Presidential Young Investigator Award”, fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation, the “Distinguished Teaching Award” from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Council for Economic “Education Visionary Award”.