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Wendy Edelberg

Director – The Hamilton Project, Senior Fellow – Economic Studies

Wendy Edelberg is the director of The Hamilton Project and a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. Edelberg joined Brookings in 2020, after more than fifteen years in the public sector. She is also a Principal at WestExec Advisors. Most recently, she was Chief Economist at the Congressional Budget Office. Prior to working at CBO, Edelberg was the executive director of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which released its report on the causes of the financial crisis in January 2011. Previously, she worked on issues related to macroeconomics, housing, and consumer spending at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during two administrations. Before that, she worked on those same issues at the Federal Reserve Board. In 2022, Edelberg was appointed as a co-chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Climate and Macroeconomics Roundtable. She is also a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Edelberg is a macroeconomist whose research has spanned a wide range of topics, from household spending and saving decisions, to the economic effects of fiscal policy, to systemic risks in the financial system. In addition, at CBO and the Federal Reserve Board, she worked on forecasting the macroeconomy. Edelberg received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from Columbia University.

  • Current Positions

    • Director, The Hamilton Project at Brookings
    • Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution
  • Past Positions

    • Chief Economist, Congressional Budget Office
  • Education

    • Ph.D (2003), Economics, University of Chicago
    • M.B.A. (1997), Econometrics & Finance, University of Chicago
    • B.A. (1993), Economics, Columbia University
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