Harvard’s Greg Mankiw, an economic adviser to Mitt
on his blog that Berkeley’s Christina Romer and David
Romer are economic advisers to Barack Obama; Stanford’s
Michael Boskin is advising Rudy Giuliani;
and Boston University’s Larry Kotlikoff is advising Mike
I’m interested in how this process works, since being an adviser to a presidential
candidate is generally considered to be a sign of support for that candidate.
(No one, to my knowledge, is an economic adviser to more than one candidate,
and Mankiw himself talks about where he "stands".)
On the other hand, being an economic adviser to a presidential can’t really
be considered a sign of support for that candidate’s economic policies, since
the whole point of hiring an economic adviser in the first place is to develop
So how are these marriages made? Do prominent economists reach out to presidential
campaigns offering their services to the candidate they like the best for non-economics-related
reasons? Would you ever find a Republican economist advising a Democratic candidate,
or vice versa? And what are the chances of a campaign’s economic adviser getting
a plum job at the Fed or Treasury or the Council of Economic Advisers should
the candidate ultimately win the presidency?
Maybe Greg Mankiw or Brad DeLong can help me out.