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The Morning Economic Report

Monday-Friday at 8:43 am

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.

Anirban reports on the latest news about compensation measurements, consumer sentiment index, the strength of the U.S. dollar, airport funding gaps, and the importance of manufacturing jobs. 

Anirban reports on the latest news regarding attitudes on the economy based on gender, gains in the labor market, wealth around the globe, the mania for new cities, the cost-benefits of Uber. 

Anirban gives us the latest news on the female unemployment rate, Americans' attitudes on their financial situation, wage growth, the lingering effects of Hurricane Maria, and the employment rate of Millenial males.

Anirban gives us the latest on the pace of growth around the globe, rapidly accumulating student debt, the rise of unwed parents, technology companies founded by immigrants, and workers without college degrees. 

Anirban breaks down news on income volatility, worker productivity, compensation in benefits, American oil production, and U.S. economic competiveness. 

Anirban gives us the latest news on the decline in traffic deaths, trash production, bitcoin investors, the stability of insurance premiums and long haul flights. 

Anirban gives us the latest on consumer sentiment, wage growth, part-time workers, plus baseball ticket sales. 

Anirban gives us latest news on underwater mortgages, the Federal Reserve's actions to keep interest rates low, and more. 

Anirban gives us the latest news on the financial impact of hurricanes, the slowdown in the apartment market, the value of an actuarial science major, the limited income gains in some demographics, and the projected job loss to machines. 

Anirban discusses findings on children having better jobs than their parents, employment declines in West Virginia, Generation Z's attitudes on money, ultra-rich cities, and what a Starbucks means for a zip code. 

Anirban gives the latest news on job dissatisfaction, landscaper shortages, Americans' growing debt, happiness in Nordic nations and Silicon Valley's shifting population. 

The expansion of the U.S. economy, cities in fiscal distress, spouses living apart, families struggling to meet basic needs, income inequality among Asian Americans.

Anirban gives us the latest news on consumer sentiment, wedding economics, consumer spending, unemployment among younger Americans and climate change in economic forecasting. 

Anirban comments on the budget deficit, the pluses and minuses of rapid economic growth, housing affordability and rising consumer prices.

Anirban comments on the shrinking number of young construction workers, the housing market, wage increases, America's pension crisis, and seniors and bankruptcy. 

Anirban comments on the foreign purchase of American homes, the slowing down of the U.S. housing market, state finances, entry-level jobs requirements and discrimination in office housework.  


Anirban on the lack of well-trained workers, Google's fine from the European Commission, price markups, and defining the "one percent" in different states. 

Anirban tells us about the conflict over H2B Visas, changing unemployment rates, inflationary pressures, national debt and wage differences in married couples. 

Anirban on Millenials' decision to hold off on parenthood, the fluctuating 'middle class,' sizing up the U.S. economy, tax cuts and economic growth, and Geneva's expensive food scene. 

Anirban gives us the latest findings on the gig economy, worker productivity, unemployment rates around the country, the low male laborforce participation rate, and how Americans spend their time. 

The Reports: July 2-6

Jul 6, 2018

Anirban discusses new research on deaths exceeding births among white Americans, the national old age dependency ratio, the decline in applications for disability and offers a brief analysis of immigration in America. 

Because of a technical error, the 7/5 episode is not included in the podcast. 

Anirban on a report that determines well-being, the end of the International Entrepreneur Rule and the impact of tariffs.

Residents being priced out of the metropolitan housing market, America's pension crisis and rising compensation costs.

Wage growth, student debt, employment in steel cities, levels of wealth based on age and looking at where people are moving for work.

Changes in population, marriage age, home prices, age of homebuyers, and personal wealth. 

American life expectancy, unemployment rates, defining wealth, economic expansion and fertility rates. 

The Reports: May 21-25

May 29, 2018

This week: Improvements in the national economy, eyeglasses, retirement across the world, when retirees can expect to live comfortably, and the rise in female homebuyers.

The Reports: May 7-11

May 21, 2018

This week: Financial inclusion, global health care, the World Cup economy, public employees, and the changing American car business. 

This week: Manufacturing job loss, steel tariffs, the pension crisis, wealth and life expectancy, and investments in children's education.

This week: Retail space, supporting working women, car buying, tax reform and wages.