Jared Bernstein

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Jared Bernstein
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Bernstein testifying before the US Senate, May 26, 2005
Chief Economist and Economic Policy Adviser for the Vice President of the United States
Assumed office
January 20, 2009
Vice President Joe Biden
Personal details
Born 1955
Alma mater Manhattan School of Music,
Hunter College,
Columbia University

Jared Bernstein (born 1955) is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.[1] From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden in the Obama Administration.[2] Bernstein's appointment was considered to represent a progressive perspective and "to provide a strong advocate for workers".[3]

Early life and education

Born to a Jewish-American family,[4] Bernstein graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied double bass with Orin O'Brien. He earned a Master's degree in Social Work from the Hunter College School of Social Work, and, from Columbia University, he received a Master's degree in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare.


Bernstein has taught at Howard University, Columbia University and New York University. His areas of interest include "federal, state and international economic policies, specifically the middle class squeeze, income inequality and mobility, trends in employment and earnings, low-wage labor markets, poverty, and international comparisons."[5] He is known as a critic of free trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).[3]

In 1992, Bernstein started working as a senior official at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a liberal think tank with a focus on issues affecting low- and middle-income working people.[3] From 1995 to 1996, he served in the United States Department of Labor as Deputy Chief Economist. He then returned to the EPI, as senior economist and director of the Living Standards Program, until he was selected by Biden. His designated job on the Vice Presidential staff is a new position, created because of "the critical nature of the economic challenges facing America."[6] Upon his appointment, some journalists claimed that it "contrasts sharply with the more centrist views of many of president-elect Barack Obama's economic advisers.[3]

Bernstein sits on the Congressional Budget Office's Advisory Committee. He is a contributor at the financial news network CNBC. He also was appointed Executive Director of the Middle Class Working Families Task Force and is responsible for direct management of the project.

Paul Krugman, a Nobel laureate in economics and a noted progressive columnist, argued in Nov. 2008 that, given the centrist makeup of President Barack Obama's economic inner circle, the new Economic Recovery Advisory Board could be used to "give progressive economists a voice," and mentioned Bernstein and fellow EPI economist, and EPI president, Lawrence Mishel among others as progressive economists who might be suitable for the board.[7]


Bernstein's books include All Together Now: Common Sense for a Fair Economy and Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed? (And Other Unsolved Economic Mysteries).[8] He coauthored the last nine editions of The State of Working America, an ongoing analysis published since 1988 by the Economic Policy Institute,[9] as well as coauthoring The Benefits of Full Employment: When Markets Work for People,[10] where he states that "[l]ow unemployment by itself cannot address all the inequities in society," and advocates that "[o]ther forms of intervention are still needed to assist disadvantaged populations."[11]

He is a regular columnist for The American Prospect online, a contributor to the CNBC financial news television network,[12] and an op-ed writer in the New York Times and the Washington Post.[5] He has also written Diary entries on the Daily Kos website.[13]


  1. "Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Jared Bernstein". Cbpp.org. Retrieved 2013-08-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Vice President-elect Biden announces Chief Economist and Economic Policy Advisor". Change.gov. Retrieved 2012-06-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Biden Picks Jared Bernstein as Economic Adviser Shear, Michael B. Washington Post. December 5, 2008. Accessed December 6, 2008.
  4. Jewish Virtual Library: "Jared Bernstein" retrieved October 28, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Cnbc.com". Cnbc.com. 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2012-06-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Vice President-elect Biden announces Chief Economist and Economic Policy Advisor | Change.gov: The Obama-Biden Transition Team". Change.gov. Retrieved 2012-06-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Krugman, Paul (26 November 2008). "About that advisory board" (Blog). The Conscience of a Liberal. The New York Times. Retrieved February 20, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Bernstein Biography on the Berrett-Koehler Publishers Website". Bkconnection.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "The State of Working America" at the EPI
  10. The benefits of full employment by the EPI, 2003
  11. Introduction to The benefits of full employment
  12. Jared Bernstein's Profile, Biography, About at CNBC
  13. Gardner, Susan (December 5, 2008). "Jared Bernstein named as Biden economic advisor". Daily Kos. Retrieved 2012-06-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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