About me

I am a senior editor and the Free exchange columnist at The Economist. I previously served as The Economist’s news editor, as an economics correspondent, and as online economics editor. Before joining The Economist I worked as a freelance journalist, as an associate at an economics consulting firm, and as an industry analyst at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not all at once.

I’m the author of The Wealth of Humans, published in 2016, and The Gated City, a Kindle single, published in 2011. Other work has been published by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the Guardian, Bloomberg, and a number of other places. I have also had articles published by the Journal of Economic Geography, the journal of the Royal Economic Society, and the journal of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

At present I live in Arlington, Virginia, with my wife Lisa, my two children, my two dogs, and two rabbits, Richard and Edith.