Dr. Nariman Behravesh is Chief Economist of IHS Markit where he oversees the work of more than 400 Professionals and directs the entire economic forecasting process. He has responsibility for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China and emerging markets. He has been covering the global economy for nearly 40 years.
Dr. Behravesh frequently is cited by leading business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, USA Today, Investor's Business Daily, Business Week, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes and US News & World Report. He also appears regularly on national radio and television programs, including BBC World Business Report, NBC Nightly News, CNN Headline News, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Radio, All Things Considered and Marketplace on National Public Radio.
Dr. Behravesh's university degrees include a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, as well as a master's and a doctorate in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US. He is the author of Spin-Free Economics A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today's Global Economic Debates (McGraw-Hill).
As the tumultuous year of 2020 came to a close, IHS Markit Chief Economist Nariman Behrevash was in no mood to celebrate despite the recent positive results in clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine. The second wave of COVID-19 surging in North America and Europe means “the downside risks to the near-term forecast have risen,” he wrote in late November. “Even before the recent surge in infections, IHS Markit economists were predicting growth would fade in the closing months of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. That fade is morphing into something worse. Once again, the near-term global economic outlook has worsened, and the most likely policy mix looks to be suboptimal.” Behravesh, who has spoken at every TPM since 2015, is consistently rated by attendees as among the most popular speakers on the agenda. He directs the entire economic forecasting process at IHS Markit and is responsible for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the US, Europe, Japan, China, and other emerging markets. He oversees the work of more than 400 professionals, located in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa who cover economic, financial, and political developments in more than 200 countries. Behravesh and his team have received numerous awards, among them the 2017 Lawrence R. Klein Blue Chip Forecast Accuracy Award and top forecasters by Consensus Economics in 2013.