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Ira Kalish

Director, Global economics, Deloitte Research

Ira KalishIra Kalish is director of global economics at Deloitte Research. He is a specialist in global economic issues as well as the effects of economic, demographic, and social trends on the global business environment. He has written reports on the economies of Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Mexico, and South America, and also has written extensively on global consumer markets. In addition, he has authored over 150 articles and reports on economic and consumer trends around the world. 

Among Dr. Kalish’s recent publications were the quarterly Global Economic Outlook of which he is the managing editor; the annual Global Powers of Retailing report; China and India: Comparing the world’s hottest consumer markets; China and India: The reality beyond the hype; China’s consumer market: Opportunities and risks; and "Mind the Gap," an article in Deloitte Review.  

Dr. Kalish has given numerous presentations to corporations and trade organizations on topics related to the global economy. He has given presentations to business leaders on six continents. In addition, he has been widely quoted in the news media; his remarks have been published by the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Financial Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Women’s Wear Daily, and Advertising Age. He has appeared on CNN, CBS News, CNBC, PBS, and BBC World Service.

Prior to his work at Deloitte, Dr. Kalish was chief economist at Retail Forward, a director at PwC, vice president at Bankers Trust, corporate economist at the Eastman Kodak Company, and researcher at the Institute for International Economics.

Dr. Kalish holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Vassar College and a PhD in international economics from Johns Hopkins University.

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