David Lewis Warsh is an American journalist and author who has generally covered topics in economics and finance. Since 2002, he has written and published Economic Principals, a weekly series of essays about economics and economists.
Early Life and Education
Warsh was born May 25, 1944, in New York, New York; son of Leo George and Annis Meade Warsh. Warsh attended Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Illinois, graduating in 1962. He is a 1966 graduate of Harvard College.
Warsh began his career as a staff reporter for Keene Evening Standard in Keene, New Hampshire, then reported on the Vietnam War for Pacific Stars and Stripes and Newsweek. Throughout the 1970s, he covered economics for Wall Street Journal and wrote a syndicated column for the Chicago Tribune before joining the staff of The Boston Globe from 1978 to 2002. A two-time winner of UCLA's Gerald Loeb Award for National Magazine Writing in 1977 and in 1989, He was a Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin in 2004, receiving its J.P. Morgan International Prize in Finance Policy and Economics.
In March 2002, Warsh's bi-weekly column in Forbes magazine and The Boston Globe moved from print media to his own website Economic Principals, which he manages and writes. The focus of the website and his writing is "technical economics through the device of weekly profiles of various movers and shakers" as well as various short items. In 2012, the website had some 20,000 readers.
- Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations: A Story of Economic Discovery. New York : W. W. Norton (2006).
- Economic Principals: Masters and Mavericks of Modern Economics. New York : Free Press (1993).
- The Idea of Economic Complexity. New York : Viking (1984).
- What Drives the Wealth of Nations? with David S. Landes, 7 pages, Harvard Business School Pub. Corporation (1998).
- Inflation is Now Too Serious a Matter to Leave to the Economists: Memo to President Carter 21 pages (1976)