How many economists does it take to run a National Economic Council? The White House doesn't want you to know. It declines to provide the names and backgrounds of the NEC's 19 staffers, though outsiders say it boasts more lawyers than economists. At the top, both Director Robert E. Rubin and deputy Gene Sperling are attorneys. A second deputy, W. Bowman Cutter, was trained as an economist but has spent his career as an executive and business consultant.

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