Matthew Slaughter

Dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a former member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers

Matthew Slaughter
  • Former member of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President
  • Affiliations with the Federal Reserve Board, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the National Academy of Sciences
  • Offers a near-term economic outlook as well as future global projections

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One of the brightest minds in economics today, Matthew Slaughter addresses both the near-term challenges facing the U.S. and world economy as well as the long-term opportunities. He is a former member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Economic Advisors and was a member on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President from 2005–2007. While with the CEA, Slaughter advised the president, the Cabinet, and many others on issues including international trade and investment, currency and energy markets, and the competitiveness of the U.S. economy. The dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Slaughter is regarded as a passionate and innovative teacher, and his courses are among the most popular at the school. He is also the founding faculty director of Tuck’s Center for Global Business and Government and the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business.

Approachable and enthusiastic, Slaughter makes practical sense of economic data, forces, and policies. He frequently advises global companies and organizations on international market opportunities, the effects of governmental policies on various industries, and the policies of global leaders like China, India, and Japan. His areas of expertise include the economics and politics of globalization; policy responses to the world financial crisis; the labor-market impacts of international trade; investment and immigration; and the global operations of multinational firms. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Slaughter is also the co-author of three books, including The Squam Lake Report: Fixing the Financial System and Globalization and the Perceptions of American Workers

Global Expertise. Slaughter is currently a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; an academic advisor to the McKinsey Global Institute; and a member of the academic advisory board of the International Tax Policy Forum. He has previously been a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and a member of the advisory committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. He has also been affiliated with the Federal Reserve Board, the International Monetary Fund, the Congressional Budget Office, the World Bank, and the National Academy of Sciences.

Slaughter is a frequent keynote speaker to many audiences in the business and policy communities, and he frequently testifies before the U.S. Congress while working with leaders of both parties. He regularly contributes op-eds to The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post; his ideas are regularly featured in these outlets and others including Bloomberg Businessweek and The Economist. He is a guest on many TV and radio programs such as CNBC’s Squawk Box, PBS’s NewsHour, and NPR’s Morning Edition. For many years he has consulted both to individual firms and also to industry organizations on a wide range of issues regarding the global economy.

Academia. Slaughter has been on the faculty at Dartmouth since 1994, where in 2001 he received the school-wide John M. Manley Huntington Teaching Award. He also received Tuck’s Class of 2011 Teaching Excellence Award. He also co-directs the flagship executive-education program Global Leadership 2030. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, and he received his doctorate from MIT.

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Matthew Slaughter on The U.S. & Global Economy

The US & Global Economy: What Is the Near-Term Outlook? Here in 2019, the U.S. and global economy are at a seeming crossroads.  America is close to full employment, as the longest expansion on record continues.  But the Federal Reserve has telegraphed lowering U.S. interest rates, in part because of emerging drags including the ongoing trade war between China and the United States and the continued uncertainty of Brexit.  U.S. manufacturing activity has slowed; U.S. agriculture is grappling with lower farm prices and higher trade barriers in retaliation to creeping U.S. protectionism.  How will U.S. jobs, capital markets, and major sectors fare throughout 2019 and into 2020--a year which will bring the added complexity of a full-on presidential election and all its attendant policy proposals?  How will developments in the global economy--China's marked slowdown, Brexit, and ongoing turmoil in many Latin American countries--help shape the U.S. outlook?  Slaughter provides a framework for answering these and other timely questions with probabilities and scenarios, all based on key facts and insights from current trends and policies.  His eye-opening perspective on the global and domestic economy helps organizations plan better for the near future, identify opportunities, and protect against risk.

Why America Needs to Build a Lifelong Ladder of Opportunity. America today finds itself in a period of relative economic calm: a decade beyond the trough of the financial crisis, in the longest economic expansion ever, and before the fiscal and economic pressures of our aging society accelerate in the 2020s. There is a window of opportunity today to enact policies to support a stronger economy. For the large majority of American workers and their families, what is needed? Building a lifelong ladder of opportunity to give all citizens the human capital needed to adapt to the forces of globalization and technological change and thereby enjoy rising incomes, greater wealth, and more optimism for the future. Will business and policy leaders seize this opportunity? Whether the United States does so will carry dramatic implications for America’s future vitality—in particular, whether globalization as we know it can be saved. Slaughter frames the issue, and discusses the possibility of seizing it in non-partisan ways.

What Is Your Vision for the Global Economy of the 2020s? To successfully lead companies into the future, executives need to understand both where the global economy is heading in the years to come and what strategies can create truly global organizations in terms of customers, resources and talent, and overall mindset. Slaughter examines the most important forces shaping the global economy in the coming decade of the 2020s—such as emerging-market growth, demographics, and the politics of globalization. The talk offers facts, frameworks, and insightful examples to help business and civic leaders envision, articulate, and execute on a sustainable long-term strategy.

 

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