Austan Goolsbee appointed to U.S. Commerce Department's Digital Economy Board of Advisors

New advisory board focuses on economic growth and opportunity in the digital age.

Austan GoolsbeeUniversity of Chicago Booth School of Business Professor Austan D. Goolsbee was appointed to the U.S. Commerce Department's Digital Economy Board of Advisors, a new board that will provide recommendations on ways to advance economic growth and opportunity in the digital age.

Goolsbee is the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at Chicago Booth and an expert in tax policy, technology and the economy. He previously served as chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and a member of the president’s Cabinet. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, and he currently serves as a member of the Economic Advisory Panel to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Over the years, Goolsbee has received recognition as one of the six “Gurus of the Future” by the Financial Times and one of the “100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum. Goolsbee joined Booth in 1995. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Yale University and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Goolsbee joins a panel of 17 advisors, whose appointments were announced today by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. The appointees, who will serve two-year terms, were chosen from a large pool of highly-qualified applicants from industry, civil society and academia to provide expertise from a variety of viewpoints. The panel of distinguished leaders brings a wide range of expertise on digital policy and economic issues to the table.

The board of advisors will provide recommendations to the commerce secretary through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is responsible for advising the president on telecommunications and information policy issues. Specifically, the board is charged with serving as a mechanism for ensuring private sector input and support for the Commerce Department’s new Digital Economy Agenda, which is focused on promoting innovation, a free and open Internet, trust online, and Internet access for all Americans.