Obama to Appoint Goolsbee as Head of Council of Economic Advisers


President Barack Obama will promote Austan Goolsbee to head of the Council of Economic Advisers, Bloomberg News reported.

Goolsbee will replace Christina Romer, who is leaving the post to return to teach at the University of California, Berkeley. Obama will announce the appointment of Goolsbee at a press conference this morning, Bloomberg News said without naming its sources.

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Goolsbee, 41, is already a sitting member of the council, so his appointment doesn't require another Senate vote, sparing the White House a potentially extended confirmation process.

The former University of Chicago professor has clashed with other members of the administration's economic team, including Larry Summers. In August, Goolsbee warned that the administration needed to be "mindful" of the possibility of a double-dip recession.

Goolsbee also serves on the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. It's not clear if he'll relinquish those duties.

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