William J. Congdon

William J. Congdon is an economist focused on applications of research to topics in labor market policy, retirement security, and poverty and inequality, with an emphasis on the role of experimentation in informing policy design.
He is currently the Chief Economist at the nonprofit organization ideas42.

He previously served as the Senior Economist for labor and behavioral economics at the Council of Economic Advisers. Prior to CEA, he served as a Fellow and founding member of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Team, an Obama Administration initiative dedicated to translating insights from behavioral economics into improvements in Federal policies. He has previously worked as a Research Director in the Brookings Institution’s Economic Studies program. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.