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Krueger, Alan B.
Alan Krueger Papers
Public Policy Papers
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8 items and 841 digital files


Alan Krueger (1960-) is an economist who served as Chairman of the Council on Economic Advisers from November 2011 to August 2013. The collection documents Krueger's tenure as Chairman of the Council, containing his memoranda to Barack Obama, speeches, subject files, and photographs.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection documents Alan Krueger's tenure as Chairman of the Council on Economic Advisers from November 2011 to August 2013. It contains Kruger's memoranda to Barack Obama, primarily in the form of monthly economic briefings, and Krueger's speeches given at various events. To a lesser extent, the collection includes Kruger's subject files on topics such as "academic economics," energy, fiscal policy, and labor. Also present are pictures of Krueger taken by the White House photographer and others, including Krueger's personal collection of digitized photographs of himself with President Obama in both formal and informal settings.


The collection was arranged by document type prior to acquisition by the Mudd Library.

Collection Creator Biography:


Alan Krueger (1960-) is an economist who served as Chairman of the Council on Economic Advisers under the Obama administration. Born in Livingston, New Jersey, Krueger earned a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1983 and an A.M. and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1985 and 1987, respectively.

Krueger was an Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs in Princeton University's Department of Economics and Woodrow Wilson School from 1987 to 1992. In July 1992, Krueger began serving-- and continues to serve-- as the Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Policy. He is also the Founding Director of Princeton's Survey Research Center.

Krueger started his career in government service in August 1994, when he became Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor. He later worked in the Department of the Treasury, serving as Chief Economist from February 2009 to November 2010 and as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy from May 2009 to November 2010. On November 3, 2011, the U.S. Senate approved Krueger's appointment as Chairman of the Council on Economic Advisers. He served on the Council until August 2013.

Krueger is the author of eight books and numerous papers on various economic issues, including unemployment, minimum wage and wage structure, and the economics of educational practices. He was also a regular contributor to The New York Times economics blog from 2000 to 2006.

Collection History


This collection was donated by Sean Vanatta on behalf of Alan Krueger in October 2014. The accession number associated with this donation is ML.2014.036.

Custodial History

The digital files in this collection were collected from Alan Krueger by Sean Vanatta, a PhD student in Princeton University's Department of History, who consulted the files in preparation for a series of interviews he conducted with Krueger. Mr. Vanatta created an organizational structure for the files prior to their acquisition by the Mudd Library.


Audio files of interviews with Krueger and partial transcripts of these interviews were removed from the collection at the request of Professor Krueger. Personal materials unrelated to his professional career were also removed.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Rachel Van Unen in 2014 at the time of accessioning. Files were run through the Mudd Library's digital curation procedures and described in a collection-level finding aid. All original folder and file names created by the donor have been maintained.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Most photographs in this collection are open for research use. The rest of the collection is currently closed; it will open on January 20, 2029.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to Princeton University and researchers are free to move forward with use of materials without anything further from Mudd Library. For materials not created by the donor, where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. In these instances, researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

This collection contains materials acquired from a laptop computer running Windows. Researchers are responsible for meeting the technical requirements needed to access these materials, including any and all hardware and software.

Credit this material:

Alan Krueger Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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