Mark Zandi

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Mark M. Zandi
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Alma materThe Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania

Mark M. Zandi is chief economist of Moody's Analytics, where he directs economic research. He is co-founder of, which was acquired by Moody's Analytics in 2005. Prior to founding, Zandi was a regional economist at Chase Econometrics.

He has been a guest on CNBC,[1] NPR, Meet the Press,[2] CNN,[3] and various other national networks and news programs. Zandi is also a regular op-ed contributor to The Washington Post[4] and The Philadelphia Inquirer.[5]

Zandi's analysis of the impact of an economic stimulus package on the United States economy was cited by Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein in their report on President Barack Obama's proposed American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, which became the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[6]

Early Life and education[edit]

Zandi was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and is of Iranian descent.[7] The son of Professor Iraj Zandi, he grew up in Radnor, Pennsylvania. His surname of "Zandi" comes from the Zand dynasty (formally known as the Zandieh dynasty), which ruled southern and south-central Iran (1750–1794) in the eighteenth century.

Zandi received B.S. in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania[8] and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.[9]

Writings and research[edit]

In 2008, Zandi wrote the book Financial Shock: A 360° Look at the Subprime Mortgage Implosion, and How to Avoid the Next Financial Crisis[10] and in 2012 he wrote Paying the Price: Ending the Great Recession and Beginning a New American Century.[11]

Zandi has authored or contributed to studies including:

  • Privatizing Fannie and Freddie: Be Careful What You Ask For [12]
  • The Case for Lower FHA Premiums [13]
  • Housing Finance Reform Steps Forward [14]
  • The FHA Admirably Fills the Void[15]


  1. ^ CNBC
  2. ^ NBC News
  3. ^ CNN
  4. ^ Zandi, Mark (January 4, 2013). "Housing’s renaissance could lead an economic recovery". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ "Mark Zandi". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  6. ^ Romer, Bernstein PDF
  7. ^ Time Magazine
  8. ^ [Philadelphia Salaries 2010: Mark Zandi Profile: The Hardest-Working Man In the Recession Read more at "Philadelphia: Philadelphia Salaries 2010"] Check |url= value (help).
  9. ^ "WSJ: Stimulus Expert Zandi: Package Falls Short".
  10. ^ "Washington Post: The Economy".
  11. ^ "CNN: Can the economy 'get its groove back'? Moody's Analytics' Mark Zandi says yes".
  12. ^ Privatizing Fannie and Freddie: Be Careful What You Ask For
  13. ^ The Case for Lower FHA Premiums
  14. ^ Housing Finance Reform Steps Forward
  15. ^ The FHA Admirably Fills the Void

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