Faculty & Research

Austan D. Goolsbee

Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics

Address :
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Austan D. Goolsbee is the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics.

He previously served in Washington as the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and a member of the President's cabinet. His research has earned him recognition as a Fulbright Scholar and an Alfred P. Sloan fellow. In prior years he was named one of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, and one of the six "Gurus of the Future" by the Financial Times. His ability to explain economics clearly has made Goolsbee popular in the media. Jon Stewart describes him as "Eliot Ness meets Milton Friedman" and he has twice been named as a "star" professor by BusinessWeek's "Guide to the Best Business Schools."

Goolsbee serves on the Economic Advisory Panel to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and has previously served on the Panel of Economic Advisors to the Congressional Budget Office, the U.S. Census Advisory Commission and as a special consultant for Internet Policy to the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. He joined Chicago Booth in 1995.


2015 - 2016 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
33610 Applied Economics Workshop 2016 (Spring)
42117 Platform Competition 2015 (Fall)
42822 Platform Competition 2016 (Summer)

2016 - 2017 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
42117 Platform Competition 2017 (Winter)

Other Interests

Improv comedy, triathlons.


Research Activities

The Internet; the new economy; government policy; taxes.

The Consumer Gains from Direct Broadcast Satellites and the Competition with Cable Television, Econometrica (2004).

"Does the Internet Make Markets More Competitive? Evidence from the Life Insurance Industry," Journal of Political Economy (2002).

"In a World Without Borders: The Impact of Taxes on Internet Commerce," Quarterly Journal of Economics (2000).

"What Happens When You Tax the Rich? Evidence from Executive Compensation," Journal of Political Economy (2000).

For a listing of research publications please visit ’s university library listing page.