Marvin H. Kosters

Former Resident Scholar

Marvin H. Kosters, a labor economist, served as a senior economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers and in the Office of the Assistant to the President for Economic Affairs. He also served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Treasury and taught economics at many universities, including Virginia Tech, UCLA, and the University of Chicago. His books range from the coauthored Wage Levels and Inequality (1998) to Closing the Education Achievement Gap: Is Title I Working (2003).


  • Adjunct Professor, Virginia Tech, 1994-2000
  • Consultant, U.S. Department of the Treasury (and other government agencies), 1975-77
  • Staff, Office of the Assistant to the President for Economic Affairs, White House, 1974-75
  • Associate Director for Economic Policy, Assistant Director for Economic Planning and Analysis, U.S. Cost of Living Council, 1971-74
  • Associate Manpower Administrator for Policy, Evaluation, and Research, U.S. Department of Labor, 1971
  • Senior Economist, President's Council of Economic Advisers, 1969-71
  • Lecturer, University of California at Los Angeles, 1966-69
  • Economist, RAND Corporation, 1965-69


Ph.D., economics, University of Chicago
B.A., Calvin College