Ryan Avent is an economics writer living in Washington, DC. He authors The Economist’s Free Exchange economics blog, as well as a bi-weekly column on urban economics and transportation issues for the environmental publication Grist. He also writes on a wide range of economic topics at his personal blog, The Bellows, at www.ryanavent.com. He also writes a column for Portfolio.com called Market Movers (www.portfolio.com/views/blogs/market-movers). He has previously contributed to The Guardian, The Atlantic, The American Prospect, and The Washington Examiner.