WASHINGTON - While many economists spend their days in a hypothetical world of purely rational behavior, James Chessen concentrates on more concrete pursuits - like predicting the future of the banking industry.

As chief economist for the American Bankers Association, Mr. Chessen must divine trends and alert the industry to changes in the economic and regulatory climate.

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