Anirban Basu

Host, Morning Economic Report

Anirban Basu, Chariman Chief Executive Officer of Sage Policy Group (SPG), is one of the Mid-Atlantic region's leading economic consultants.  Prior to founding SPG he was Chairman and CEO of Optimal Solutions Group, a company he co-founded and which continues to operate.  Anirban has also served as Director of Applied Economics and Senior Economist for RESI, where he used his extensive knowledge of the Mid-Atlantic region to support numerous clients in their strategic decision-making processes.  Clients have included the Maryland Department of Transportation, St. Paul Companies, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Players Committee and the Martin O'Malley mayoral campaign.

He is the author of numerous regional publications including the Mid-Atlantic Economic Quarterly and Outlook Maryland and is routinely asked to contribute to local media, including on his radio show on WTMD, 89.7 FM/Baltimore and here on WYPR's Morning Economic Forecast.  Anirban completed his graduate work in mathematical economics at the University of Maryland.  He earned a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University in 1992. His Bachelors in Foreign Service is from Georgetown University and was earned in 1990.  He is currently working toward his J.D. at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

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The Morning Economic Report
8:23 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Generational Home Buying Behavior - 7/2/15

The millennial generation, which includes Americans in their late-teens, twenties and early thirties, if often blamed for the profound decline in home buying.  America’s homeownership rate has been in declining since two thousand and five, but that’s not just because of millennials.

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The Morning Economic Report
7:42 am
Wed July 1, 2015

America's Productivity Slump - 7/1/15

Economists often define productivity as economic output per hour worked.  In recent years, productivity growth has been soft in America.  In fact, productivity in this country has been expanding at one of the slowest rates since World War II.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the only worse period for productivity growth transpired during the late nineteen seventies and early nineteen eighties. 

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The Morning Economic Report
12:15 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Brazil's Economy in Retreat - 6/30/15

While many Americans are strangled by accumulated debt, the situation could be worse – we could be in Brazil.  Brazil’s top credit information bureaus estimate that as of April, more than fifty five million Brazilians were behind on paying off credit cards or loans.  As reported by the Associated Press, that represents thirty seven percent of the nation’s adult population of about two hundred million people. 

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The Morning Economic Report
8:17 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Continued Improvement in the Domestic Labor Market - 6/29/15

The ongoing expansion of the U.S. economy is nowhere more apparent than in the domestic labor market.  Over the past twelve months, the economy has produced more than three million net new jobs.  Job growth hasn’t been this good since nineteen ninety nine at the height of the nation’s technology boom. 

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The Morning Economic Report
10:17 am
Fri June 26, 2015

401K Withdrawals Now Exceeding Contributions - 6/26/15

As people transition from working to retirement, they also tend to move from investing money in their respective nest eggs to withdrawing funds on which to live.  In this regard, America appears to have reached an interesting threshold:  withdrawals from 401K plans are now exceeding new contributions to them as baby boomers age.  As reported by the Wall Street Journal, this shift could have profound implications for the U.S. retirement industry. 

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