Zanny Minton Beddoes

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Beddoes at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2013

Zanny Minton Beddoes is the Economics editor for the Economist magazine. She is responsible for coverage of the American economy, Western economic policy and issues relating to globalization. She has been an influential commentator on the Great Recession.

Life and career[edit]

She was educated at Moreton Hall School, and Oxford University and attended Harvard University, as a Kennedy Scholar. After graduation, she was recruited as an adviser to the Minister of Finance in Poland, as part of a small group headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Harvard. She then spent two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where she worked on macroeconomic adjustment programs in Africa and the transition economies of Eastern Europe. Through this work, she joined The Economist in 1994 as the magazine's correspondent for emerging-markets based in London, and quickly rose to become Economics editor for the magazine in 1996.[1]


She has written surveys of the world economy, Latin American finance, global finance and Central Asia. She has written extensively about the American economy and international financial policy; the enlargement of the European Union; the future of the IMF; and economic reform in emerging economies. She has been published in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, contributed chapters to several conference volumes, and edited Emerging Asia (Asian Development Bank, 1997), a book on the future of emerging-markets in Asia.[2]

In May 1998, she provided expert testimony on the introduction of the Euro to the United States House Financial Services Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade, a subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services

She gave the 28th Annual Max Rosenn Lecture on "Stress-Testing America's Prosperity" and has spoken at Princeton with Peter Orszag, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Professor Alan Blinder, Chair of the Center for Economic Policy Studies, Princeton. Their discussion was called "How Did We Get Into this Mortgage Mess, and How Do We Get Out?".[3][4]

Beddoes is a regular commentator on Marketplace and other public radio programs. She has also appeared on CNN, the BBC World Service, Charlie Rose[5] PBS Newshour, CNBC, NBC, Real Time with Bill Maher and Public Interest. She is a regular panelist on Tucker Carlson Unfiltered.[6]

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace[edit]

She is a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a member of the Research Advisory Board of the Committee for Economic Development.[7]