Ryan Avent is a senior editor and economics columnist for The Economist, where he has covered the global economy since 2007. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic, the Atlantic and the Guardian. He is the author of a Kindle Single: The Gated City, which analyzes migration from American cities. Avent was previously an economic consultant and an industry analyst for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, two children and golden retriever.