Edward Hugh

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Edward Hugh
Edward Hugh Bengree-Jones

(1948-12-29)29 December 1948
Liverpool, England
Died29 December 2015(2015-12-29) (aged 67)
Girona, Spain
School or
Demographic economics
Alma materLondon School of Economics

Edward Hugh (29 December 1948 – 29 December 2015) was a Welsh economist,[1] dubbed by The New York Times, "the blog prophet of Euro zone doom", he who "attracted a cult following among financial analysts".[2] From 1990 he lived in Catalonia, Spain. He spoke French, Catalan, Spanish and English.[1]

He was born Edward Hugh Bengree-Jones in Liverpool,[3] and studied at the London School of Economics, but was drawn more to philosophy, science, sociology and literature. His eclectic intellectual pursuits kept him not only from getting a doctorate,[3] but also prevented him from gaining a full-time professorship.[citation needed]

By inclination a macroeconomist, his obsession with trying to understand the economic impact of demographic changes often took him far from economics and towards fields like demography, anthropology, biology, sociology and systems theory. In particular his work was centred on the study of demographic changes, migration patterns, and the impact of these on economic growth.[citation needed]

In 2014 he published his first book entitled "¿Adiós a la Crisis?", which discusses the economic situation in Spain.[1] He worked on a book with the provisional working title "Population, the Ultimate Non-renewable Resource". Apart from his participation in A Fistful of Euros[4] and his own personal blog, Hugh also wrote regularly for the demography blog Demography Matters.[5] He contributed to the Catalan newspaper Ara[1] and Business Insider.[6]

Edward Hugh died on 29 December 2015 of gallbladder and liver cancer.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Grau, Xavier (20 December 2015). "Edward Hugh, economist who foresaw the crisis, dies". Ara. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  2. ^ Thomas, Jr., Landon (9 June 2010). "The Blog Prophet of Doom". New York Times. Archived from the original on 9 June 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Thomas Jr., Landon (30 December 2015). "Edward Hugh, Economist Who Foresaw Eurozone's Struggles, Dies at 67". New York Times. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  4. ^ "A fistful of reply". The Economist. 12 July 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  5. ^ Torralba, Francisco (19 June 2013). "My interview with Edward Hugh". EconWeekly. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Edward Hugh at Business Insider". Retrieved 1 January 2016.

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