Dr. Janet L. Yellen, Chair
Council of Economic Advisers
Comments by Janet A. Yellen
Janet L. Yellen was appointed Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) by President Clinton and confirmed on February 13, 1997. Dr. Yellen previously served as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She was appointed to that position by President Clinton in February 1994.
Since becoming a member of the Federal Reserve Board, Dr. Yellen has been on leave from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, where she has taught since 1980 and where she was the Bernard T. Rocca, Jr. Professor of International Business and Trade. She also served on the Panel of Economic Advisers for the Congressional Budget Office and as senior adviser to the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity.
Dr. Yellen was Assistant Professor at Harvard University from 1971-1976. She also served as an economist with the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors from 1977-1978, specializing on issues of international trade and finance, including stabilization of international currency exchange rates.
Dr. Yellen has written on a wide variety of macroeconomic issues, while specializing in the causes, mechanisms and implications of unemployment. She is also a recognized scholar in international economics, recently focusing on the determination of the trade balance, as well as the course of economic reform in Eastern Europe.
Dr. Yellen was born on August 13, 1946, in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated summa cum laude from Brown University with a degree in economics in 1967, and received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 1971.
Dr. Yellen is married to George Akerlof, who is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. They have one son, Robert, who is a senior at St. Albans.
Comments by Janet A. Yellen
Testimony of Dr. Janet Yellen Chair, Council of Economic Advisers Before the U.S. House of Representatives Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, October 6, 1998
Remarks of Janet A. Yellen to Macroeconomic Advisers' Washington Policy Symposium, September 10, 1998
Testimony by Janet A. Yellen before the Senate Judiciary Committee, June 16, 1998
Testimony by Janet A. Yellen before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, June 11, 1998
Remarks by Janet A. Yellen to the Council on Foreign Relations, on `Lessons from the Asian Crisis,' April 15, 1998
Testimony by Janet A. Yellen before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry on the Economics of the Kyoto Protocol, March 5, 1998
Testimony by Janet A. Yellen before the House Commerce Committee on the Economics of the Kyoto Protocol, March 4, 1998