Alan Krueger, who was an important economics professor at Princeton University was also an advisor for former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. He has committed suicide according to a statement released by his family. He was 58 and had a book ready to be published in June.
Based on a reported by Reuters, Krueger served as the chief economist for the United States Department of Labor during Bill Clinton's time as president. While Obama was president, Krueger was the chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
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Former White House economist and Princeton University professor Alan Krueger died over the weekend, the school announced Monday. He was 58.
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Krueger served as chief economist at the Department of Labor under President Bill Clinton and chair of the Council of Economic Advisers from 2011 to 2013 under former President Barack Obama, who issued a statement Monday afternoon lauding Krueger's contributions to the recovery from the great recession.
"He saw economic policy not as a matter of abstract theories, but as a way to make people's lives better," Obama wrote. "He believed that facts, reason, and evidence could make government more responsive, and his enthusiasm and curiosity was truly infectious."
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The husband and father of two took his own life, according to a statement from the family released Monday afternoon.
An avid music fan, Krueger posted about Bruce Springsteen and other rock stars on Twitter and wove David Bowie into his lectures. He made this passion the subject of his latest research in his forthcoming book on economics and the music industry, due to be released in June.