Edward Hadas is Economics Editor at Reuters Breakingviews. He joined Breakingviews in both 2004 and 2011, with a year in between at the Financial Times as Assistant Editor of the Lex column. Before becoming a journalist, he worked for 23 years as an equity analyst in Europe and the US. He has written a book, Human Good, Economic Evils: A Moral Approach to the Dismal Science (ISI Books, 2007), and a course-book about political philosophy for the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham. Edward has degrees from Columbia University, Wadham College, Oxford and the State University of New York at Binghamton. He has a website, edwardhadas.com. Follow Edward on Twitter @edwardhadas
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