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Bret Swanson

Articles by Bret Swanson

Bret Swanson is a Senior Fellow at Seattle's Discovery Institute, where he researches technology and economics and contributes to the Disco-Tech blog. He is currently writing a book on the abundance of the world economy, focusing on the Chinese boom and developing a new concept linking economics and information theory. Swanson writes frequently for the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal on topics ranging from broadband communications to monetary policy.

For almost eight years, Swanson advised technology investors at the Gilder Technology Report, first as a technology analyst and then as executive editor. He also helped shape and moderate the annual Gilder/Forbes Telecosm conference in Lake Tahoe. Beginning with his first full-year as executive editor in 2003 through June 2007, the GTR virtual portfolio achieved a total return of 223%.

Previously Swanson was an economic aide to Jack Kemp at the supply-side think-tank Empower America, where he researched and wrote about tax, monetary, trade, and telecom policy. He began his career as an intern and aide to U.S. Senator Richard Lugar.

Swanson studied economics and played junior varsity basketball at Princeton University and now lives in his home state of Indiana with his wife and four children.