Credit Writedowns welcomes Edward Hugh and Claus Vistesen

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As 2009 came to a close, it was obvious to me that the writing at Credit Writedowns had taken a decidedly American-centric tilt despite our experience outside of North America.  This is not something I am happy about because Marshall Auerback and I had written a decent amount about Europe earlier in the credit crisis. Marshall has also written several times on Japan, where he has considerable experience. The reality is that we really need to look abroad as well as domestically to appreciate the trends that are driving macro policy and global investment opportunities.

Europe is an area of greater economic weight than the United States. As such, it deserves a lot more consideration than we have been able to give it in recent months. The recent events in Greece, Portugal or Ireland are testament to this. As a result, Edward Hugh and Claus Vistesen have agreed to re-publish many of their recent articles on Credit Writedowns, giving you the perspective of two well-respected European macro analysts.

I am sure you will appreciate their analyses.

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Edward Hugh

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Edward is a macro economist, who specializes in growth and productivity theory, demographic processes and their impact on macro performance, and the underlying dynamics of migration flows. Edward is based in Barcelona, and is currently engaged in research into the impact of aging, longevity, fertility and migration on economic growth. He is also working on a book which has the working title: Population, The Ultimate Non-renewable Resource? He is a regular contributor to a number of economics weblogs, including India Economy Blog, A Fistful of Euros, Global Economy Matters and Demography Matters. He was, in fact, a founding member of all these weblogs. Edward follows in detail the Indian, Italian, Spanish, German and Japanese economies. He also has a more than a passing interest in the economies of Turkey and Brazil and in the emerging economies of Eastern Europe.

Claus Vistesen

Claus Vistesen is a Danish economists who specialises in macroeconomics. He will graduate as MSc in Applied Economics and Finance from the Copenhagen Business School in February 2010 after which he intends to pursue a postgraduate degree in economics. His primary research interests include demographics, macroeconomics and international finance. He can be contacted through his e-mail (clausvistesen@gmail.com) or through his website(clausvistesen.squarespace.com) where you can also find most of his writing.

By the way, two articles by the other Edward have already been published. See The EU does have the legal power to organise bailouts and Eurozone imbalances weaken trust in the euro and undermine euro area cohesion.

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