Table: If Not Taylor, Who?

Besides Taylor, two other economists are frequently mentioned as candidates to succeed Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan

LAWRENCE B. LINDSEY

As chief White House economic adviser, the 47-year-old Lindsey is a trusted confidante of the President and wields considerable influence within the Administration. A former Fed governor and economic consultant, he's well known on the Street as an astute observer of the economy. But he has a deeply partisan streak that could make it difficult for him to win confirmation if the Senate remains in Democratic hands.

MICHAEL J. BOSKIN

Currently a professor at Stanford, Boskin served as chief economist in Bush the elder's White House. There he argued unsuccessfully for more aggressive action to combat the 1990-91 recession that eventually cost the Republicans the election. Along with Lindsey and Taylor, he played a leading role in fashioning the younger Bush's economic policies during the campaign. Although respected for his academic research, Boskin, 55, is not considered to be in Taylor's league as a monetary economist.

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