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The Morning Economic Report

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Anirban Basu, Chairman 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. 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.

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On the podcast this week: the irrelevance of the federal minimum wage, the limits of economic theory, the millennials are coming, and more!

Anirban reports on the General Motors' strike, the decline in home and car ownership, the impact of two Nobel Prize winner's work, the rise in tourism in some Southern cities, and how far $100 can go depending on where you live. 

Anirban reports on the recession America's manufacturing sector is facing, the Chinese economy, how to define a global recession, and more.  

Anirban reports on the problems of lending money to loved ones, class and wealth gaps, the decline in wages, America's growing trade deficit, and the deal-breaker of debt for young couples. 

This week, Anirban reports on:

  • the growing popularity of working remotely
  • the amount of equity available for homeowners
  • the growth of women-owned firms 
  • the difference in household income between congressional districts 
  • net immigration in the U.S. 

This week, Anirban reports on:

  • the outperforming U.S. economy
  • the impact of rising oil prices 
  • the 'Great Climate Retreat' 
  • the re-strengthening housing market 
  • the earning potential of STEM grads 

This week, Anirban reports on:

  • flat incomes
  • the declining poverty rate
  • rent caps in California
  • lending and global warming
  • unionization rights for teaching and research assistants

Anirban reports on the declining unemployment rate for African Americans, companies' efforts to attract more workers, the impact of the U.S.-China trade dispute on American households, and more. 

Anirban reports on the wealth that some Americans have--and have not recovered--since the recession, a pullback in spending among the wealthy, states offering financial incentives to attract new residents, labor force participation rates, and more. 

Anirban reports on the chances of a global economic recession, the recession that the U.S. manufacturing sector is already in, long-run U.S. economy growth, and more. 

Anirban reports on the federal minimum wage, the global economy, rapid compensation growth of corporate executives, and more. 

Anirban reports on support for the minimum wage, the American Time Use Survey, the federal budget deficit, how Chinese tariffs will increase the price of women and girls' clothing, and rising student debt.

Anirban reports on the top states to retire, the importance of understanding contractual language, booming auto sales in America, Bitcoin's rising value, plastic bag bans around the world. 

Anirban reports on the need for insurance to innovate, the top cities attracting Millenials, the slowdown in business investment and more. 

Anirban reports on the decline in America's life expectancy, Europe's demographic decline, labor market performance measurements, disparities between communities, and which occupations have the highest level of job satisfaction.

Anirban reports on the job market, the impact of a rise in the minimum wage, difficulties in amassing savings based on location, and more. 

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