Staff Economists


Sonya Ravindranath Waddell

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In addition to tracking regional and national economic conditions, my research interests include housing and household credit outcomes.


Professional Experience

Sonya Ravindranath Waddell is a regional economist in the Research Department of the Richmond Fed. Waddell's work involves supervising a staff that tracks and analyzes regional and national economic data, presenting on regional and national economic conditions, and writing for a variety of internal and external publications. In recent years, her research and analysis has focused on mortgage markets and household credit conditions.

Prior to joining the Richmond Fed in January 2008, Waddell worked as an economist in the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget and at ICF International in Fairfax, Va. She has also taught empirical methods at Virginia Commonwealth University.


M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
B.A., Williams College, 2001

Curriculum vitae

"The Economic Impact of Premature Adult Mortality: Panel Data Evidence from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa" (with Michael R. Carter, Julian May and Jorge Agüero). AIDS: Official Journal of the International AIDS Society 21, no. 7 (November 2007): S67-S73.

Date Topic Speaker
March 10, 2014 The Federal Reserve System and Central Banking in the US Sonya Ravindranath Waddell
June 26, 2013 The Virginia Economy and the Nonprofit Sector Sonya Ravindranath Waddell

"The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Educational Outcomes in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa." University of Wisconsin-Madison, Masters Thesis, 2006.

"The Extent of Urban Bias in Belize." Williams College, Honors Thesis, 2001.

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Sonya Ravindranath Waddell
(804) 697-2694