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Allen Sinai

AB '61 Econ
Chief Global Economist and President
Decision Economics, Inc.

Dr. Allen Sinai is Chief Global Economist and President of Decision Economics, Inc. (DE), established in 1996, an economic forecasting, advisory and money management firm located in Boston and New York. Dr. Sinai is responsible for the forecasts and analyses of the U.S. and Global economies and financial markets and the translating of this information for use in bottom-line decisions by senior level decision makers in financial institutions, corporations, and government. Over many decades, and nonpartisan, he has advised policymakers in Washington, Japan and globally, the U.S. Congress, and both Republican and Democratic Administrations on the economy, policy, and strategy.

Known for his forecast accuracy and pioneering use of the National Economic Information and Financial Systems (NEIFS) approach to monitoring, analysis and forecasting and identification of “Big Wave” trends in the U.S. and the world, Dr. Sinai brings to his work a unique blend of academic research, experience working and participating in financial markets and financial institutions, involvement in Washington and other centers of policy, business and investment experience.

From 1983-96, he was at Lehman Brothers, Inc., a Managing Director, Chief Global Economist, and Director of Lehman Brothers Global Economics. He was also Executive Vice President and Chief Economist of The Boston Company, an investment and private banking subsidiary of Lehman Brothers. For 22 years, 1992-2014, he served on the board of Boston Private Financial Holdings (BPFH), a private banking and wealth management financial institution.

Allen Sinai has taught at a number of universities and colleges over his career, including Brandeis, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, New York University, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois-Chicago. He has published over 40 articles in academic or public policy publications journals and books. Over the years, he has testified before the U.S. Congress dozens of times.

Dr. Sinai frequently has appeared on U.S. and international television and radio programs and in the news media. He has given hundreds of speeches, lectures and seminars for organizations and associations, in academic, business, financial and other settings in the U.S. and internationally. In 1992, Dr. Sinai was selected as one of the ten "Smartest People" in Boston by Boston Magazine. Time Magazine has said of him, “Anyone who thinks economics is a dismal science has never been treated to the vivid commentaries of Allen Sinai.”

Dr. Sinai obtained an AB Degree in Economics at the University of Michigan and holds MA and PhD Degrees in Economics from Northwestern University. His wife Lee is a U. of M. graduate and an author. The Sinais have two children and five grandchildren—their daughter Lauren is also a graduate of U. of M.