Arthur Melvin Okun

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Art Okun
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7th Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers
In office
February 15, 1968 January 20, 1969
President Lyndon Johnson
Preceded by Gardner Ackley
Succeeded by Paul McCracken
Personal details
Born(1928-11-28)November 28, 1928
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedMarch 23, 1980(1980-03-23) (aged 51)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education Columbia University (BA, MA, PhD)
Academic career
Institution Yale University
Field Macroeconomics
School or
Neo-Keynesian economics
Arthur F. Burns
Influences John Maynard Keynes
Contributions Okun's law
Misery index

Arthur Melvin "Art" Okun (November 28, 1928 – March 23, 1980) was an American economist. He served as the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers between 1968 and 1969. Before serving on the C.E.A., he was a professor at Yale University and, afterwards, was a fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. In 1968 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. [1]


Okun is known in particular for promulgating Okun's law, an observed relationship that states that for every 1% increase in the unemployment rate, a country's GDP will be roughly an additional 2% lower than its potential GDP. He is also known as the creator of the misery index and the analogy of the deadweight loss of taxation with a leaky bucket. [2] He died on March 23, 1980 of a heart attack. [3]


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  1. View/Search Fellows of the ASA, accessed 2016-08-20.
  2. Okun, Arthur M. (1975), Equality and Efficiency: The Big Tradeoff. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 1975, pp. 91–92.
  3. Arthur Okun Dies, Economic Adviser to Johnson, accessed 2020-08-14.
Political offices
Preceded by
Gardner Ackley
Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers
Succeeded by
Paul McCracken