Matthew Slaughter

Associate Dean for Faculty; Signal Companies Professor of Management

Op-Ed Columns

  • Hope for the disillusioned US heartland
    Financial Times, October 3, 2012

  • How skilled Immigrants Create Jobs
    The Wall Street Journal, June 20, 2012

  • "Comparative Advantage and American Jobs"
    The Wall Street Journal January 26, 2011

  • "A Pro-Trade Agenda for U.S. Jobs"
    The Wall Street Journal September 17, 2011

  • "More Trade and More Aid"
    with Robert Z, Lawrence The New York Times op-ed June 8,2011
    If America fails to resolve a dispute over free-trade agreements, our economic future will be bleak.

  • "China, Patents, and U.S. Jobs"
    The Wall Street Journal op-ed June 6, 2011
    A new report suggests better intellectual property protection by Beijing could create 2.1 million American jobs.

  • "How to Jump-Start American Manufacturing"
    Washington Post op-ed, August 13, 2010
    Dean Slaughter discusses how international investment—both inward and outward—have long played an important role in strengthening American manufacturing.

  • "The Foreign Investment Solution for American Jobs"
    Wall Street Journal op-ed, July 27, 2010
    Dean Slaughter explains how "insourcing" has long strengthened the U.S. economy, and recommends policies that America can take today to encourage more foreign direct investment.

  • "The Global Jobs Competition Heats Up"
    The Wall Street Journal op-ed, July 2, 2010
    Based on a new McKinsey report Dean Slaughter helped advise, he urges policymakers to reconsider the economic environment for U.S. multinationals.

  • "How to Destroy American Jobs"
    The Wall Street Journal op-ed, February 3, 2010
    Dean Slaughter warns against the president's proposed tax increases on U.S. multinationals' foreign operations

  • "We cannot afford to spurn the emerging investors"
    Financial Times op-ed, January 3, 2010
    Dean Slaughter advises politicians to resist protectionist calls against the recent tendencies of foreign direct investment to come from new sources and overwhelmingly via M&A activity.

  • "Time to tackle America's widening inequality"
    Financial Times op-ed, October 6, 2009
    Dean Slaughter urges policymakers to focus on fixing the persistent problem of income inequality and provides three proposals that would have immediate effect.

  • "What is an 'American' Car?"
    The Wall Street Journal op-ed, May 7, 2009.
    Dean Slaughter explains how comparative advantage means each country should concentrate its time and talent on the particular goods and services it is productive at relative to the rest of the world, and why U.S.-based companies need to expand abroad to create and maintain good jobs at good wages.

  • "It's a Terrible Time to Reject Skilled Workers"
    with Paul Danos and Robert Hansen, The Wall Street Journal op-ed, March 11, 2009.
    Three Tuck deans explain how the Employ American Workers Act will not help U.S.-born workers and stimulate the U.S. economy as intended. The U.S. economy is not a fixed size, in which more foreign-born workers necessarily mean fewer U.S. workers. Rather, "Productive foreign-born workers can help create more jobs here," explain the authors. "Keeping them out damages us."

  • "What's Behind the Recent Productivity Slowdown"
    The Wall Street Journal op-ed, December 13, 2008.
    Dean Slaughter and Martin Neil Baily discuss their new report, which shows that competitive product markets are crucial to higher living standards.

  • "An Auto Bailout Would Be Terrible for Free Trade"
    The Wall Street Journal op-ed, November 20, 2008.
    Dean Slaughter explains why an auto industry bailout would damage America's engagement in the global economy and hurt U.S. companies, workers, and taxpayers.

  • "Ways to stem the drift into protectionism"
    with David Marchick, Financial Times op-ed, June 25, 2008.
    Dean Slaughter warns against the growth of barriers to foreign acquisitions.  He recommends that countries narrowly define investment reviews so that such reviews do not slide into economic protectionism.

  • "The Immigrant Gap"
    The Wall Street Journal op-ed, April 1, 2008.
    Dean Slaughter argues that America's H1-B visa quotas are counterproductive and threaten America's competitiveness.

  • "What Tata Tells Us"
    The Wall Street Journal op-ed, March 27, 2008.
    Dean Slaughter discusses the benefits of foreign direct investment into the United States, and he outlines the forces driving such "insourcing."

  • "Let's Have a Real Debate on Globalization"
    The Wall Street Journal op-ed, September 26, 2007, p. A21.
    Dean Slaughter stresses the need for economic policies that simultaneously promote free trade while distributing its benefits as widely as possible.

  • "Happy Birthday, ITA"
    The Wall Street Journal op-ed, July 17, 2007, p. A17.
    Dean Slaughter discusses the importance of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), which made information technology the only industry to have implemented a comprehensive free-trade agreement in the World Trade Association.

  • "Yuan Worries"
    The Wall Street Journal op-ed, May 22, 2007, p. A15.
    Dean Slaughter explains that China's dollar-yuan exchange rate target is not what drives its long-run trade imbalances with the United States.