Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Newest Hamiltonian

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire reports:

Hamiltonian Democrats’ Get New Leader

Former Clinton administration economist Jason Furman will become the new director of The Hamilton Project, a year-old effort of the Brookings Institution to promote a centrist economic strategy. Named for Alexander Hamilton, the nation’s first Treasury secretary, the project is better known for its association with his modern successor, Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, a founder and funder....

In the Clinton White House, Furman was a top staffer for budget and tax issues. He also was an economist at the World Bank and in 2004 was director of economic policy for Sen. John Kerry’s presidential campaign. He received his doctorate in economics from Harvard University, under the supervision of N. Gregory Mankiw, who went on to be a top economic adviser to President Bush.

I once heard a colleague opine, "A good student is worth a paper and a half." Jason is worth one and three-quarters.