Obama examining candidates to replace Romer for top econ post

Christina Romer, the chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, testifies before a Joint Economic Committee hearing on the economy on Capitol Hill in Washington October 22, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is looking at candidates to fill a top White House economic post with no announcement expected this week, spokesman Bill Burton said on Monday.

Obama is considering candidates to replace Christina Romer, who said on Thursday she will step down as chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers in September to return to her job at the University of California, Berkeley.

Burton told reporters aboard Air Force One on a flight to Texas that Romer is to leave in early September and will have a voice in determining who should get the position.

He said no announcement was expected this week.

Administration officials say economic adviser Austan Goolsbee and Laura Tyson, a senior economist in Bill Clinton’s White House, are among candidates for the position.

Reporting by Ross Colvin, Editing by Sandra Maler