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John Ferguson

Director of Global Forecasting and Country Analysis

The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country expertise

Global, Asia-Pacific, US, Canada

Specialist subjects

Macroeconomics, Trade, Geopolitics, Global economy, Monetary policy, Productivity, Labour markets, Technology


As the Director of Global Forecasting at The Economist Intelligence Unit, John is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for the EIU's global economic analysis and forecasting. He is a leading voice on the global economy, geopolitics and the future of globalisation. 

John has more than 15 years' experience in policy and economic analysis. He joined the EIU in 2010 and, most recently, he was a Senior Economist in the EIU's Public Policy, Economics and Politics practice. This time involved research into many of the major factors impacting the global economy: climate change; shifting patterns of geopolitics; foreign direct investment flows; global employment patterns; artificial intelligence; cyber-crime; and trade protectionism. He has also covered global trade for the EIU's Global Forecasting team for the past 5 years.

John holds a Master's degree in International Economics from Sussex University where he specialized in macroeconomics and trade, and an Honours degree in Psychology from the Australian National University.