Mr Simon COX

Emerging Markets Editor at The Economist

Simon COX is Emerging Markets Editor at The Economist, based in Hong Kong. He has spent over ten years with the newspaper, including stints in London and Delhi. In 2014, he left journalism to become an investment strategist for Bank of New York Mellon, before returning to the paper in 2016. During his career at The Economist, Mr COX has written a variety of special reports. He described the world’s arduous recovery from the global financial crisis (“The Long Climb”, 2009), China’s surprisingly resilient economy (“Pedalling Prosperity”, 2012) and the exaggerated perils of the middle-income trap (“Out of the Traps”, 2017). He also originated the Li Keqiang index, an unofficial proxy for China’s growth (“Keqiang ker-ching”, 2010).

Outside of his day job, Mr COX edited “The Growth Report”, published by the Commission on Growth and Development, chaired by Nobel laureate Michael Spence. He contributed to the Oxford Companion to the Economics of China and he once lost a snowball fight with a government official in North Korea.

He studied at Cambridge, Harvard and the London School of Economics.

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