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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.

Fuel Economy - 3/5/14

Mar 4, 2014

The federal government introduced ambitious fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles back in 2012.  The goal is to slash US oil consumption by two million barrels per day by 2025.  But the marketplace has other ideas. 

A recent report supplied by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office indicates that a proposal to raise the national minimum wage to $10 and 10 cents per hour could reduce total US employment by 500,000 workers by the latter half of 2016.  

A recent Brookings Institution study finds that communities that exhibit the most economic dynamism also often produce the greater levels of income inequality. Income inequality is far greater in cutting edge cities like New York and San Francisco relative to Columbus, Ohio or Wichita, Kansas.