Anirban Basu | WYPR

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.

Chris Brignola/Unsplash

There has been a lot of focus lately on the airline practice of overbooking.  While many of us are just now becoming aware of the types of issues such practices can raise, overbooking is about as old as the airline industry itself.  

Join Anirban Basu for more.

Philip Brewer/flickr

Here are some facts supplied by the Motley Fool that may help you to determine how well you are doing in terms of saving for retirement.  First, the average retirement savings for an American family is in the neighborhood of ninety six thousand dollars – this according to a report from the Economic Policy Institute.  However, for households close to retirement age, the average level of savings is in the range of one hundred and sixty four thousand dollars, and this statistic does not include assets that could potentially be sold like a home.

With more on the story, Anirban Basu.

Phil Roeder/flickr

The divergence of economic opinion along partisan lines has perhaps never been greater.  In other words, one’s beliefs regarding U.S. economic prospects are likely to be shaped heavily by one’s politics. 

In the words of Richard Curtin, who directs the University of Michigan’s monthly survey of consumer sentiment, "the partisan divide has never had as large an impact on consumers’ economic expectations."

Listen for more.

Oscar Ucho/flickr

As reported by writer Josh Zumbrun, an expanding number of economic forecasters have begun to reconsider their bullish outlook for the U.S. economy.  This is in large measure attributable to growing doubts regarding the extent to which the new presidential administration will be able to implement its pro-business agenda.  Following the election last November, respondents to the Wall Street Journal’s monthly survey of forecasters significantly raised their estimates for growth, inflation and interest rates.  

Listen to Anirban Basu for more.

Olu Eletu/Unsplash

Coming into the year, there was a considerable amount of confidence in corporate America.  The notion has been that the new administration in Washington, D.C. would implement an intensely pro-business agenda emphasizing tax reform, stimulus spending and deregulation.  Surveys indicate that businesses remain relatively confident, but other data suggest that confidence in corporate American may be waning.  

Listen for more.

Jon Welsh/flickr

While there are many stakeholders who are upbeat regarding near-term U.S. economic prospects, expected improvement remains speculative. Last year, the U.S. economy expanded just 1.6 percent, though the year’s second half was better. Many economists continue to wonder if average growth of around 2 percent remains the best for which we can hope.  

Listen for more. 


steve p2008/flickr

As a reflection of a reasonably strong economy, Americans are once again flying in large numbers. In fact, U.S. and foreign airlines carried a record number of passengers in 2016 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

Anirban has more.


Jon Tucker/flickr

Despite indications of an improving economy and labor market, recent research indicates that recent college graduates continue to struggle with a lack of wage gains since the recession.  The bachelor’s degree has long been considered the ticket to the American middle class, but has arguably lost some of its mystique recently.  

Anirban has more on this story. 


Mark Goebel/flickr

You may have heard of the so-called North Carolina Bathroom Bill. Many people didn’t like the policy and responded by withdrawing economic activity from that state. The Associated Press estimates that North Carolina’s bathroom bill will cost the state nearly $4 billion in lost business over a dozen years.

Listen for more on this story.

ladycake711/flickr

Many people are frustrated by the idea of having to work longer than they would like. Our Golden Years are supposed to be about leisurely walks on the beach or 18 holes of golf, not about turning wrenches or entering data. Of course, many people are induced into working extra years for financial reasons. But there are other reasons to work, including personal fulfillment and your health.  

Anirban has more. 


Pages