Obama to tap Princeton's Rouse for econ council

WASHINGTON Wed Dec 31, 2008 10:52pm GMT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Barack Obama is expected to name Cecilia Rouse, a Princeton University labor economist, to the Council of Economic Advisers, an aide with the Obama transition office said on Wednesday.

Obama is expected to draw on Rouse's expertise in the economic benefits of education investments as he puts together a stimulus package to boost the slumping economy, the aide said.

Rouse has studied the benefits of community college attendance, according to a biography on Princeton's website.

(Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; editing by Leslie Adler)