Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Score Two for the Home Team

From today's Wall Street Journal, the President makes two excellent selections:

Bush to Appoint TwoTo Economic Council
July 27, 2005; Page A4

WASHINGTON -- President Bush plans to appoint two Dartmouth College economists to the White House Council of Economic Advisers, people familiar with the matter said.

The nominations of Katherine Baicker and Matthew Slaughter are expected this summer, these people said. Ms. Baicker, Mr. Slaughter and a White House spokeswoman all declined to comment.

Ms. Baicker, 34 years old, has been on the Dartmouth faculty since 1998 and served on the council's staff during President Bush's first term. She specializes in health economics and fiscal relations between the federal and state governments.

Mr. Slaughter, 36, has been a business professor at Dartmouth since 2002, specializing in globalization and the behavior of multinational firms. [Ed. Slaughter has been at Dartmouth since 1994, first in the economics department and then, since 2002, at the Tuck School of Business.]

The Council of Economic Advisers advises the White House on a range of economic topics. Ms. Baicker and Mr. Slaughter are to fill spots vacated by Harvey Rosen of Princeton University and Kristin Forbes of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The council's only member currently is chairman Ben Bernanke.

Globalization and health care--just the expertise the CEA will need for the next two years. Best of luck to both of them.

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