Mark L. J. Wright

Senior Economist and Research Advisor

(312) 322-5705

Mark L. J. Wright is a senior economist and research advisor on the macroeconomics team in the economic research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Wright's research examines the macroeconomics of developing countries, with a specific focus on their tendency to be prone to international financial crises. Much of his recent work has been devoted to sovereign default and the process by which sovereign debts are restructured.

Prior to joining the Chicago Fed, Wright was an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an assistant professor at Stanford University. Wright has been an economist and advisor to the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Federal Reserve Banks of San Francisco and Minneapolis, an instructor at the I.M.F. Institute, is currently a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Economics, Economics Letters and the Journal of Monetary Economics.

Wright received a bachelor of economics degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Chicago Fed Letter
Rebecca Friedman , Mark L. J. Wright | 2016 | No. 353 Download
Jake Fabina, Mark L. J. Wright | 2013 | No. 306 | January Download
Working Papers
Tom Krebs, Moritz Kuhn, Mark L. J. Wright | 2016 | No. 2016-08 Download
Lee E. Ohanian, Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria, Mark L. J. Wright | 2015 | No. 2015-08 | November Download
Cristina Arellano, Andrew Atkeson, Mark L. J. Wright | 2015 | No. 2015-05 | July Download
Tom Krebs, Moritz Kuhn, Mark L. J. Wright | 2014 | No. 2014-09 | October Download
Daniel A. Dias, Christine Richmond, Mark L. J. Wright | 2014 | No. 2014-05 | May Download
Michael Tomz, Mark L. J. Wright | 2012 | No. 2012-06 | November Download
Journal Articles
Human Capital Risk, Contract Enforcement and the Macroeconomy

With Tom Krebs and Moritz Kuhn, 2015, American Economic Review, Vol. 105, No. 11, November, pp. 3223-3272.

The Costs of Financial Crises: Resource Misallocation, Productivity and Welfare in the 2001 Argentine Crisis

With Guido Sandleris, 2013, The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, December 30.

Bad Investments and Missed Opportunities? Postwar Capital Flows to Asia and Latin America
With Lee E. Ohanian and Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria, 2015, NBER Working Paper, No. 21744, November.


Insurance in Human Capital Models with Limited Enforcement, lecture, lecture, Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group, January 6, 2016.

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