Dr. M. Keivan Deravi
Dr. Keivan Deravi is a retired professor of economics. He served as Professor, President of Faculty Senate, Dean, Interim Provost, Special Assistant to the Chancellor over a period of 35 years at Auburn University Montgomery.
He is the architect of the Alabama Economic Forecasting Model and Alabama Input/output model, both are used to generate forecasts for the state’s major economic variables.
Over the last 35 years, Dr. Deravi’s forecasts have been utilized by every administration in developing the General Fund and Education Trust Fund budgets, which are presented to the Alabama Legislature annually.
He has been involved with the economic impact and feasibility of ThyssenKrupp Steel and Stainless USA, EADS, North America Inc, Hyundai, Toyota, Honda and Mercedes-Benz, Baptist Health, Alfa, Retirement Systems of Alabama in Alabama. He has been a consultant to a major lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., and many law firms in New York and Alabama. He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, London Financial Times, Bloomberg News, Forbes magazine, the New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, and Fox News Channel. He was presented a special award of recognition by Gov. Fob James, which, among other things, commended him for the accuracy of his economic projections at the state and national level.
Dr. Deravi is a Phi Kappa Phi graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received his doctorate degree. His research interests are in the area of the theory of monetary policy, foreign exchange markets and regional economic modeling techniques. He is the author of many journal articles. His research papers have appeared in a wide range of professional journals, including Journal of Banking and Finance, Economic Inquiry, and Southern Economic Journal, three of the most prestigious economic journals. He is also the recipient of AUM’s School of Business Award for Excellence in Research. He served as the director of the AUM Center for Government and Public Affairs from 1993 to March 2000, Chief Economists, AUM University Outreach from 2001 to 2006 and Special Assistant to the Provost, Auburn University from May 2006 to May 2007, Interim Provost From 2009 to 2010, and Dean of College of Public Policy and Justice from 2015 to 2018.