Former Obama and Clinton Adviser Takes His Own Life

A former economics adviser to both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton has reportedly killed himself over the weekend, according to close family members.

According to The Epoch Times, Alan Kreuger, 58, served in the last two Democratic administrators as chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor under Clinton and as head of the White House Council of Economic Advisers for Obama.

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His family didn’t elaborate on the cause of death or other circumstances surrounding his death, Reuters reported.

“It is with tremendous sadness we share that Professor Alan B. Krueger, beloved husband, father, son, brother, and Princeton professor of economics took his own life over the weekend,” his family said in the statement to Reuters.

Alan Kreuger was a very successful economics professor at Princeton University. Kreuger taught at the university since 1987.

“The family requests the time and space to grieve and remember him,” said the statement.

Former President Obama issued a statement following his death.

“He saw economic policy not as a matter of abstract theories, but as a way to make people’s lives better,” Obama wrote, reported NBC News. “He believed that facts, reason, and evidence could make government more responsive, and his enthusiasm and curiosity was truly infectious.”

Jared Bernstein, another Obama official who served as chief economist for Vice President Joe Biden, said that Kreuger “believed that if you want to know the answer to something, sometimes you have to go out and get the data yourself, something very few economists do,” CNN reported.

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Lisa Cook, an economist and White House aide for Obama said: “I cannot believe my friend, CEA colleague, and extraordinary economist @Alan_Krueger has passed away. His contributions to the field are immeasurable. His ability to examine and communicate important economic data, questions, and findings was remarkable. Rest in peace, Alan.”

“It’s hard to believe that Alan Krueger is dead. He was a hero to me: A great economist, an extraordinary public servant and policymaker, and a helluva mentor and teacher. And he took extraordinary delight in everything he did and everyone he touched,” tweeted Justin Wolfers.

 

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