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About Joe

The dust jacket on my book will tell you I'm a member of the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal, where I write the Political Economics column. I joined the Journal in 2006 as an editorial writer in Hong Kong, where I also edited the Business Asia column. I was born in 1982, and live in London.

Of course there's more to me than that.

 

I was born in Baltimore, and grew up in Rutland, Vermont. In the Introduction to The Theft of a Decade, I write about driving around town in my Mom's emerald-green Plymouth Voyager minivan. I don't mention that I was going skiing on the weekends, hauling myself over to piano lessons, or heading to tennis practice (I played doubles on my high school team, badly).

After high school I found my way to The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and stumbled into an economics major by accident when I realized how interesting the introductory courses were. My first job was at a quarterly magazine called The Public Interest and lasted all of 11 months before it shut down (an early Millennial adventure in our modern job market). My first apartment was a sparsely furnished three-bedroom with roommates I found through Craigslist in Crystal City, just outside of Washington, D.C. - in the days before Amazon singlehandedly renamed that area "National Landing."

I've been on quite a journey since then, through a stint at The New York Sun newspaper (still working in Washington, though) and then on to Asia, a part of the world I never would have expected to move to. I met my husband there, and together we moved to London in 2014.

These experiences have taught me a lot about the ways an economy works - and doesn't work. I try to bring that background to bear on the new problems we Millennials have confronted over the past decade, and will confront in the future. Whether or not you end up agreeing with The Theft of a Decade and my other work, I hope you find it thought-provoking.

Author photos by Eivind Hansen