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, the Journal of the European Economic Association and Theoretical 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.