Dr. Kurt E. Karl has joined Swiss Re as head of the company’s Economic Research and Consulting in New York. Prior to joining Swiss Re, Karl was chief international economist at WEFA, Inc., an economic forecasting firm located near Philadelphia.
At WEFA, he was responsible for managing Global Services, the combined forecasting operations of the International, U.S., and U.S. Regional business units. At Swiss Re, Karl has responsibility for supervising the New York office’s work on Swiss Re’s “sigma” papers-the award-winning research series on the insurance industry.
In addition, he supports Swiss Re’s strategic planning and internal consulting on new products. Finally, he provides insights and forecasts on the U.S. economy to Swiss Re for use in a variety of corporate decisions. He is an expert on the U.S. and global economies with extensive experience and knowledge of foreign markets and has lived and worked in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Before becoming head of WEFA Global Services, Karl was the chief economist on the U.S. Forecasting Service. Prior to the merger of Wharton and Chase Econometrics, Karl was the Director of the U.S. Long-Term Forecasting Service at Wharton Econometrics. He has extensive model building experience for the U.S. economy and for many other economies in the world. He has worked overseas in the United Kingdom, Southern Africa — Swaziland and Mozambique — and Thailand, as an economist and statistician.
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