Peter Morici

Economist and Author; Professor at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Peter Morici
  • Former Director of Economics at the U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Expert at breaking down the complex economic implications of various policies
  • Cuts through spin to deliver a colloquial and energetic overview of the global economy

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Peter Morici is an economist and professor of business at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business. His peerless track record as an economic forecaster and accessible presentation style has made his opinions and insight the go-to source in the national media and for government and business leaders across the globe. A former director of economics at the US International Trade Commission (ITC), he's an expert on the global economy, the state of the US economy, economic policy, and business strategy. He has advised many leading corporations and governments across the globe, and he serves on the Reuter's and Market Watch macroeconomic forecasting panels. He is a three times winner of the Market Watch top forecaster award.

At a time when businesses and associations need clear-eyed and accurate information about the state of the economy, Peter Morici delivers presentations that are informative, straightforward, colloquial style—in language the interested layman can understand and appreciate. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, he cuts through the political spin to get to the real-world implications and likely outcomes of the policies enacted in Washington and in boardrooms across the country.

Advisor To The Hill. At the ITC, Morici directed the agency's professional economists working on investigations and provided international economic policy advice to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees, U.S. Trade Representative, Council of Economic Advisors, and other government agencies.

In 1976, he joined the Federal Energy Administration, and in 1978, moved to the National Planning Association in Washington. At NPA, Morici served in positions of increasing research and managerial responsibility and was elected a vice president in 1983.

A Prolific Voice On Business & Economics. Morici's insights and analysis are frequently featured on CNN, CNBC, Fox, CBS, NPR, and the BBC, and in columns on the opinion pages of newspapers and portals in the United States and abroad. He is the author of 18 books and monographs, including titles such as The Trade Deficit: Where Does It Come from and What Does It Do and Reassessing American Competitiveness. He has also published widely in leading public policy and business journals such as the Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, International Economy, Regulation, and Asian Wall Street Journal.

An Exciting & Energetic Speaker. Morici has a particular capacity to break down complex economic issues to make them understandable to laymen, and his animated and informal speaking style put audiences at ease and rivets their attention. His pervasive presence in the media makes him the people's economist, and his speaking style confounds audience's expectations. Spicing his presentations with wit and an unguarded command of the language, he makes the dismal science at once alive and compelling.

Morici received his Ph.D. in economics from the SUNY-Albany in 1974, and from 1974 to 1976, he taught at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He joined the University of Maine as a professor of economics in 1988 and was director of its Canadian-American Center from 1990 to 1993. The Ford, Rockefeller, Sloan, Donner foundations, and several other foundations have supported his work.

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Weathering The Storm. Peter Morici, economist and seasoned advisor to government and business, offers a tour de force of the economic crisis and the challenges the Obama economic team faces in righting the ship, and how businesses and associations may best cope and prosper. He explains the origins of the banking meltdown; the roles of the credit markets, energy dependence, and international forces in instigating the recession; the best policies to resolve them and Washington's response; and how companies and associations may weather the storm and capitalize on new opportunities.

The National Economic Forecast. Peter Morici's economic analysis and forecasting is sought after by corporations, associations, and even Senate committees. He delivers a no-nonsense and deeply reasoned presentation about the up-to-minute happenings in the economy and markets, both globally and domestically. As one of the most consistently accurate economic forecasters, Morici gives audiences an accessible picture they can get their arms around, and without sugarcoating the data or giving it a political spin. In uncertain economic times, his straightforward economic analysis and accessible communications style provides real answers to the important questions.

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