Free exchange columns appear online on Thursdays and in the weekly print magazine. Here are a few recent ones. Older columns can be found on my Facebook page, and even older ones are listed here.

Stanley Fischer and the twilight of technocracy (September 14, 2017)

Governments need to rethink their attitudes to debt (September 7, 2017)

Market concentration can benefit consumers, but needs scrutiny (August 31, 2017)

The power of populists (July 22, 2017)

Climate change and inequality (July 15, 2017)

Economists argue about minimum wages (July 8, 2017)

The Federal Reserve risks truncating a recovery with room to run (June 24, 2017)

The perils of nationalisation (June 17, 2017)

To err is human; so is the failure to admit it (June 10, 2017)


At The Economist I also occasionally write other sorts of pieces, like briefings:

On universal basic incomes (June 4, 2016)

On the oppressive power of land in the economy (April 4, 2015)

On the the troubling growth prospects for emerging markets (September 13, 2014)

On the future of work (January 18, 2014)

On government budgets during the financial crisis (September 18, 2013)

On monetary policy during and after the crisis (September 21, 2013)

On the end of the emerging-market boom (July 27, 2013)

On whether we have lost our ability to innovate (January 12, 2013)

Then there is my special report on technology and jobs

The third great wave (October 3, 2014)

And this fun Christmas feature

The baseball-card bubble (December 17, 2014)

Other Economist pieces can be found on my Facebook page, except for really old ones, which are listed here.


I have written a number of features for 1843, a sister publication of The Economist.

Escape to another world (April/May 2017)

High-pressure parenting (February/March 2017)

Why do we work so hard? (April/May 2016)


Then there are a large number of other things I have written for various publications, some of which I have collected below.

Making monetary policy great again (Democracy, July 2017)

The digital age needs a new social revolution (Journal of the RSA, April 2017)

Themes of 2016: technology puts millions of jobs in jeopardy (Observer, December 2016)

How land use restrictions block growth (Cato Forum, November 2014)

How Washington went topless (Washington Post, September 2013)

The new geography of jobs (Journal of Economic Geography, June 2013)

More inflation is the cure for the Fed’s impotence (Bloomberg, February 2013)

Older pieces can be found here.


Finally I have contributed a few book chapters..

“The Great Innovation Debate”, Megatech: Technology in 2050 (Economist Books, ed. Daniel Franklin, 2017)

“The Revolution Will Be Uncomfortable”, Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy (Nesta Books, ed. Stian Westlake, 2014)