Ryan Avent is economics correspondent for The Economist and the primary contributor to Free Exchange. He is the author of The Gated City. Contributions to the print edition of The Economist can be found here. His old blog, The Bellows, is accessible here. His work has appeared at the New York Times, the New Republic, Bloomberg, Reuters, Conde Nast Portfolio, the Atlantic, the Guardian, the American Prospect, the Washington Independent, the Washington Examiner, Streetsblog, Grist, DCist, and probably some other places. Previously, Ryan worked as an economic consultant and as an industry analyst for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He has an economics degree from North Carolina State University, and an MSc in economic history from the London School of Economics. You can follow his twitter feed at @ryanavent or reach him via email at ryanavent (at) gmail (dot) com.