Alan Krueger, 58, died on Saturday.
Krueger’s family released a statement: “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. The family requests the time and space to grieve and remember him. In lieu of flowers, we encourage those wishing to honor Alan to make a contribution to the charity of their choice.”
He was a former economic advisor to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
In a statement, Obama called Krueger “a fundamentally good and decent man.”
“Alan was someone who was deeper than numbers on a screen and charts on a page,” Obama said. “He saw economic policy not as a matter of abstract theories, but as a way to make people’s lives better,” The Examiner reported.
Princeton did not specify the cause of death in their announcement, only stating, “Princeton University is saddened to share that Alan Krueger, James Madison Professor of Political Economy, passed away over the weekend.”
Another Obama official, Jared Bernstein, who served as chief economist for Vice President Joe Biden, wrote 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.
Added Lisa Cook, an economist and White House aide for Obama:: “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.
He’s survived by his wife, Lisa, and their two children.
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