Nariman Behravesh

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Nariman Behravesh
Born Iran
Residence Lexington, MA
Alma mater
Occupation Author, Adviser, Chief Economist
Employer IHS Inc.

Nariman Behravesh is Chief Economist at the consulting firm IHS Inc. and author of Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today's Global Economic Debates (McGraw-Hill). Directing the entire economic forecasting process at IHS, he is responsible for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China and other emerging markets. He oversees the work of over 400 professionals, located in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa who cover economic, financial and political developments in over 200 countries.[1] Behravesh is quoted extensively in the media on such topics as the outlook for the US and global economies, exchange rates, the budget deficit, the trade deficit, globalization, country risk and sovereign debt crises. Dr. Behravesh is a featured speaker at many of the top global conferences each year, including IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates CERA Week and the World Economic Forum in Davos.[2]

Early life[edit]

A native of Iran and the son of an Iranian father and an English mother, Behravesh grew up in the Middle East and Europe and is fluent in Italian, French, Persian, and Turkish. Behravesh and his wife, Ann, an attorney, live in Lexington, Massachusetts, and have three children and two grandchildren.[3] Behravesh obtained his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and he earned his master's and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Pennsylvania, studying with Nobel Prize winner and econometrics pioneer Lawrence Klein founder of WEFA (Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates).[4]


Nariman Behravesh serves as the Chief Economist at IHS Inc. Before joining IHS, Behravesh was Chief Economist and Executive Vice President of Global Insight, Inc. (now an IHS company). Prior to that, he was Chief International Economist for Standard & Poor's. He also held a number of other positions, including president and CEO of Oxford Economics U.S.A. and Group Senior Vice President of WEFA. Early in his career Behravesh worked at the Congressional Budget Office and the Federal Reserve. He has been covering the global economy for over 35 years.[5]

Media appearances[edit]

He regularly appears on national radio and television programs, including BBC World Business Report, NBC Nightly News, CNN Headline News, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), Your World with Neil Cavuto (Fox News), CNBC's Closing Bell, Bloomberg TV's World Financial Report, and All Things Considered on National Public Radio. He is cited frequently in leading business publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, USA Today, Investor's Business Daily, Business Week, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report. Behravesh was the host of the PBS television series, "Inside the Global Economy".[6]


Behravesh is a "Bloomberg Best" and ranked as one of Bloomberg's Top 10 economists in 2009 and 2010. MarketWatch named IHS Global Insight "Forecaster of the Year" in 2009 and bestowed the company several Forecaster of the Month accolades since. Behravesh and his team ranked first place on USA Today's 2004 ranking of economic forecasters, and on Reuters' 2004 survey of major currency exchange rate forecasters. In 2008, he was ranked #2 by USA Today. On The Wall Street Journal's annual ranking of US forecasters, Behravesh was ranked #3 (out of 56) for 2006 and he was the only forecaster to place in the top six for 2003, 2004 and 2006.[7]


Behravesh is the author of Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today's Global Economic Debates (McGraw-Hill).[8] He has authored numerous articles in such publications as European Affairs and Credit Week, co-authored two books-Economics U$A [9] and Microcomputers, Corporate Planning and Decision Support Systems [10] and was a contributing author to a book on scenario analysis, entitled Learning From the Future.[11] His op-ed pieces have also appeared in the Financial Times, Newsweek International, London Times and the Boston Globe.[12]


  1. ^ "IHS Executives". Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ "WEF Global Agenda Councils". Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "MIT Alumni". Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ "MIT Alumni". Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Businessweek Executive Profile". Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Businessweek Executive Profile". Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Executive Profile". Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Spin-Free Economics". Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Economics U$A". Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Microcomputers, Corporate Planning and Decision Support Systems". Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ Learning From the Future. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Executive Profile". Retrieved January 27, 2014. 

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