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The next Christina Romer

Beth Marlowe rounds up some of the top candidates. I'd note that two of them (Furman and Farrell) come from Larry Summers's shop, one has clashed a bit with Summers (Goolsbee), and the other (Tyson) led the Council of Economic Advisers for President Clinton and would be a new voice in the White House's internal debate.

You can always read too much into these appointments, but the final choice will say at least a bit about how well the White House thinks it economic policy team is working right now and whether it needs to diversify the major voices or double down on them.

By Ezra Klein  |  August 12, 2010; 3:32 PM ET
 
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I always thought it was weird Goolsbee was the go-to guy during the campaign (and awesome for a quote) but then the guy just disappeared...

Posted by: Chris_ | August 12, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Goolsbee does stand-up comedy, so he gets my vote. Sure, he's not hilarious, but that's still pretty cool.

Posted by: MosBen | August 12, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I am totally for Goolsbee. He has my vote -- why? He is super smart of course. But he explains things simply, and several of the graphs on this site today show the importance of clear and simple ways to communicate complicated economic issues; but he is also entertaining and funny and who doesn't need an economic advisor that can make you laugh in these days?

Posted by: LindaB1 | August 12, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

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