Professor at Brandeis International Business School
Mann spent 20 years working for Washington policy institutions before joining Brandeis's faculty.
Mann said in an interview that she credits commodity prices, particularly oil and gas prices, with what she describes as a "slow" economy, not a recession. "I actually dont agree with the recession prognosticators. [The economic slump] won't breach the technical criteria for recession," she said.While the Fed can do little to control oil and gas prices, Mann said, inflation is a growing concern that she believes may lead the Fed to "sit and wait and see the effectiveness of their new facilities and the rebate" before cutting rates further, she said.