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Austan Goolsbee Named One of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow


Austan Goolsbee has been named one of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, a Switzerland-based group that builds partnerships between business and society. Goolsbee is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Recipients of the global leader designation must be under 37, have achieved a position of considerable influence and responsibility, and have shown commitment to public affairs. Goolsbee's research has focused on major public policy issues of the so-called new economy, including the economics of the Internet.

During the current academic year, Goolsbee is teaching a new course for MBA students titled "Business, Public Policy and the New Economy." He also teaches a PhD course on empirical public finance and organizes an applied economics workshop for PhD students.

"Austan is one of the leading economists of his generation and continues the tradition of relevance at the University of Chicago GSB. We are delighted that he has received this well-deserved recognition," said Edward A. Snyder, dean of the Graduate School of Business and a professor of economics.

Goolsbee is an editor of the Journal of Law and Economics, a research fellow at the American Bar Foundation and at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.

He has served as a special consultant to the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for Internet Policy and has advised Congress on issues of Internet taxation.

The first gathering of the new group of Global Leaders for Tomorrow will be during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, January 31 to February 4 in New York.

"Attending the World Economic Forum meeting would be a wonderful opportunity for any academic concerned with public policy," Goolsbee said. "I am really excited to be able to go."

Goolsbee joined the Chicago GSB faculty in 1995 after receiving a PhD in economics from M.I.T. Earlier, he received an M.A. and B.A. in economics from Yale. 

The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business is one of the oldest and largest business schools in the world. It offers full-time and part-time MBA programs, a PhD program, and open enrollment executive education.