Alan Krueger was published widely on the economics of education, unemployment, labor demand, income distribution, social insurance, labor market regulation, terrorism, and environmental economics. He held a joint appointment in the Economics Department and Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University from 1987 to 2019. He was the founding Director of the Princeton University Survey Research Center. He authored What Makes A Terrorist: Economics and the Roots of Terrorism and Education Matters: A Selection of Essays on Education, co-authored Myth and Measurement: The New Economics of the Minimum Wage, and co-authored of Inequality in America: What Role for Human Capital Policies?
Krueger served as Chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and a Member of the Cabinet from 2011 to 2013. He also served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 2009–10 and as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor in 2004–05.
He was the Vice President of the American Economic Association, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association and International Economic Association. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of BNP Paribas USA. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Russell Sage Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the American Institutes for Research, and the editorial board of Science (2001–09). He was the editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives (1996–2002) and co-editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association (2003–05).
He received a BS degree (with honors) from Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations in 1983, an AM in Economics from Harvard University in 1985, and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1987.