Chief Economist for Moody’s Analytics Shares Insights with Georgetown Students


From left to right: Uwe Brandes, Mark Zandi, Frank Nothaft, Bill Hudnut

On April 16, 2014, Mark Zandi, Chief Economist for Moody’s Analytics engaged students in the Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning program and the Master’s in Real Estate program in an interactive dialogue on the future of urban markets and individual real estate sectors.

“Mark is very generous with his time. Each semester that I’ve been teaching here, he has made an effort to come in to speak to the Georgetown students,” said Frank E. Nothaft, Ph.D., vice president and chief economist for Freddie Mac and the instructor for Georgetown’s Urban Economics course. “He is a trusted policy advisor and that’s important here in Washington, where it can be hard to bridge the gap between political parties.”

In what was structured as a student-driven interactive dialogue, Dr. Zandi covered such timely issues as:

  • assumptions and arithmetic of economic forecasting
  • evolution of housing markets over the course of this decade
  • availability of credit in the mortgage markets
  • market impacts of financial industry regulatory reform
  • the impact of anchor institutions in urban growth
  • reasons for optimism in diverse real estate markets

His lecture was the final event in Georgetown’s spring lecture series. To watch the full video on YouTube, click here, or watch below.



About Mark Zandi, Ph.D.

Dr. Zandi is chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, where he directs economic research. Moody’s Analytics, a subsidiary of Moody’s Corporation, is a leading provider of economic research, data and analytical tools.

A trusted adviser to policymakers and an influential source of economic analysis for businesses, journalists and the public, Dr. Zandi frequently testifies before Congress on topics including the economic outlook, the nation’s daunting fiscal challenges, the merits of fiscal stimulus, financial regulatory reform and foreclosure mitigation.

He is often quoted in national and global publications and is a frequent guest on CNBC, NPR, Meet the Press, CNN and various other national networks and news programs. Dr. Zandi is the author of “Paying the Price: Ending the Great Recession and Beginning a New American Century,” which provides an assessment of the monetary and fiscal policy response to the Great Recession. His other book, “Financial Shock: A 360º Look at the Subprime Mortgage Implosion, and How to Avoid the Next Financial Crisis,” was described by the New York Times as the “clearest guide” to the financial crisis.

Dr. Zandi is on the board of directors of MGIC, the nation’s largest private mortgage insurance company, and The Reinvestment Fund, a large CDFI that makes investments in disadvantaged neighborhoods. He is also a cofounder of, which was purchased by Moody’s in 2005.

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