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Jason Furman

President Barack Obama’s chief economist Jason Furman helped guide the United States through a tumultuous period of recession, unemployment and instability. He offers an incisive insider’s exploration of the geoeconomic outlook, business trends and the future of globalism. 
Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers (2013–2017)

Expertise In:

  • U.S. Fiscal Policy
  • Global Economy and Trade
  • Global Markets
  • U.S. Health Care Economics
  • Tax Reform

Audience & Industry

  • Corporations
  • The Finance Industry
  • The Health Care Industry
  • The Manufacturing Industry
  • Associations

President Barack Obama’s chief economist Jason Furman helped guide the United States through a tumultuous period of recession, unemployment and instability. He offers an incisive insider’s exploration of the geoeconomic outlook, business trends and the future of globalism. 

Jason Furman has been at the forefront of U.S. and global economic policy for two decades, including serving in President Obama’s Cabinet while he worked to rebuild the economy following the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. His distinguished career also includes working at the World Bank during the East Asian financial crisis and a spot on the staff of President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council. Furman also served as a senior fellow and the director of The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. He has taught at Yale University, Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. In an ever-shifting economic and geopolitical climate, Furman provides an astute insider’s examination of the future of business, healthcare and public policy.

The Washington Post called Furman “the wonkiest wonk in the White House.” He offers informed expertise on a wide range of issues that come from an evidence-based and nonideological perspective. Beyond fiscal policy, his scope includes how a shifting American workforce can adjust to the age of automation and artificial intelligence (AI), what health-care policy will look like in the event of an Affordable Care Act repeal, the problems with our current corporate tax system and the pitfalls of reform, and the growing disconnect between the established data detailing American economic growth with the realities of how everyday workers are feeling. Furman takes a passionate, thoughtful approach to discussions of income inequality and growing wealth disparities. He is at the cutting edge of thought about raising workers out of poverty while both accelerating business growth and maintaining America’s economic leadership. Furman has drawn respect and praise from both sides of the political spectrum; a former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Bush wrote in The New York Times, “The nation will be better off for Jason’s having the president’s ear.” Since leaving the Obama administration, Furman has joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) as a Senior Fellow.

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The Coming Fiscal Changes and What They Mean for You

Major fiscal changes are in the offing for 2017, including potential tax reforms, investments in infrastructure and other significant changes. As one of the main architects of President Obama’s Framework for Business Tax Reform, Jason Furman offers businesses and organizations expert insights into the economic effects and political prospects for tax reform, infrastructure, and what all of this will mean for the budget deficit and the long-run sustainability of the economy. From labor markets and financial reform to the business prospects for a transformed U.S. economic policy, this conversation can be customized to suit the specific needs of your audience.

Repeal and Replace? How Your Organization Can Prepare for Health-Care Reform

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) remained at the forefront of the U.S. legislative and political conversation for the duration of President Obama’s two terms in office. A leader in the development and negotiation of the ACA, Jason Furman answers the question on everyone’s mind as the Trump Administration moves forward with plans for repeal and a commitment to eventual replacement: What will these changes mean for me? At the same time, health-care delivery systems nationwide are undergoing major changes as providers are increasingly being paid for value and savings, not just for duplicative care, contributing to a dramatic slowdown in health spending. In this timely and important discussion, Furman provides experienced analysis on the future of health-care reform and the economic implications of repeal.

Global Economic Outlook: What’s Next?

Drawing on his role as the chief economist for the President of the United States during a time of tumultuous change, Jason Furman outlines the geopolitical and economic trends and developments every organization needs to know. As instability, migration and security concerns continue and trade agreements and treaties between nations face a tenuous new era, Furman offers experienced counsel to businesses concerned about their place in the global environment.

Bridging the Gap of Inequality: Populism and Where to Go From Here

Headline growth has been good, but much of the public still sees an economy that’s  generated subpar income gains for decades. What’s behind this disconnect? Fueled by years of experience working closely with President Obama on economic policy, Jason Furman explains how increasing inequality and declining participation in the workforce have aligned with a rise of political populism to affect public sentiment. With technology increasingly rewarding those with skills and threatening the wages—and in some cases the jobs—of those without, many Americans are struggling with record levels of inequality. In this discussion, Furman offers insight into this dynamic—and where you should look to see progress.

Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the American Workforce

There is a lively debate happening in technology company boardrooms, the hallways of Capitol Hill, and with generations of employees themselves: Will advances in automation and artificial intelligence (AI) soon render human labor unnecessary? Jason Furman believes that AI holds enormous promise for the future of the U.S. economy. In order to fulfill that promise, he argues, companies must identify and share best practices and government must put the right policies in place. Furman can not only discuss the technologies that could transform the workforce, he can also provide transparency about the various data points behind the AI reality.