President Obama lunched with a group of economists including New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Wednesday at the White House.

"The president hosted top economists for lunch to discuss ways to accelerate economic growth, expand opportunity, and improve the competitiveness of the American economy," the White House said in a statement.

Krugman was joined by a pair of Harvard professors — Claudia Goldin, who was written extensively on pay equality, and Roland Fryer, the youngest black professor to receive tenure at the school.

Erik Brynjolfsson, who studies information technology productivity at MIT, Alan Blinder, who served on President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers, and Anat Admati, who studies financial regulation at Stanford, also attended the meeting.

The meeting came on the second and final day of a meeting of the Federal Reserve, which on Wednesday stuck with its slow exit from its stimulus project, trimming yet again the size of its monthly bond purchases to $35 billion.