Thursday, March 5, 2009
Is Brad DeLong Going To The US Treasury?
If one visits Brad DeLong's blog, one will find photos he took on Monday while visiting the US Treasury in Washington, including one of his nose, :-). Brad was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the early years of the Clinton administration. He was also a student of Larry Summers at Harvard and his most famous papers were coauthored with Summers. Summers was reportedly the person who brought him to Treasury under Clinton, and is now reportedly the top adviser to Obama, with Geithner as Treasury Secretary also a protege and presumably knowing DeLong quite well. All of the positions just below the Secretary level are unfilled, with no public reports of who the candidates are: Deputy plus the Undersecretary and Assistant Secretary positions. All this rather looks to me like Brad may well be a candidate for one of these. Of course, if he takes one, that will probably mean at least a temporary end to his widely read blog.