Economist Slavov to D.C.
Sita Slavov, assistant professor of economics at Occidental, has been invited to serve as a senior economist to the president’s Council of Economic Advisers.
Slavov, who has taught at the College since 2002, will spend the 2007-08 academic year in Washington, D.C., where she will be in charge of public finance issues such as taxes and Social Security.
As one of several senior economists – each with a different area of expertise – Slalov’s duties will include briefing the three-member council on issues and preparing meeting materials. She also will write policy memos that will be circulated in the Executive Office of the President. Additionally, she will write a portion of the Economic Report of the President.
The President’s Council of Economic Advisers serves as a bridge between academic research and policy making. “Economists there take insights and use them to illuminate concrete policy questions,” Slavov said. “They must communicate these insights to policy makers and the general public, and work with them to help design policies that are both economically sound and politically feasible. Economists from both left and right can actually agree on many policy-related questions. There’s a surprising amount of consensus.”
“Being at the council will give me an insider view into economic policy, and provide an experience that will make me a better teacher and researcher,” she added. “I also hope I can use my expertise in public finance to help policy makers choose wisely on important issues like tax reform and Social Security reform.”
This is not the first time the White House has benefited from Occidental advice. Kathryn Shaw ’76, now Ernest C. Arbuckle Professor of Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, served as a member of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1999-2001.
Slavov earned her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary and her doctorate from Stanford. She has published papers in the areas of political economy and Social Security reform. Slavov is currently doing research on the provision of public goods under majority rule, the strategic use of the ballot initiative, and the disincentives in Social Security for long careers.
This year at Oxy, she taught intermediate microeconomics, economics of the public sector, economics of information, and a Core seminar called “The World Through the Eyes of Economists.” She also is the coordinator for the economics honors program.