Matthew J. Slaughter

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Globalization


The economics and politics of globalization, multinational firms and capital markets, immigration, technological innovation, and the causes and consequences of the globalization backlash.


Matthew J. Slaughter is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is associate dean and Signal Companies' Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and is also currently a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He serves on the academic advisory boards of the International Tax Policy Forum and the Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship.

From 2005 to 2007, Professor Slaughter served as a member on the Council of Economic Advisers in the executive office of the president. In this Senate-confirmed position he held the international portfolio, advising the president, the cabinet, and others on issues including international trade and investment, energy, and the competitiveness of the U.S. economy. In recent years he has also been affiliated with the Federal Reserve Board, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute for International Economics, and the Department of Labor.

Professor Slaughter's area of expertise is the economics and politics of globalization. Much of his recent work has focused on the global operations of multinational firms, in particular how knowledge is created and shared within these firms and how their activities are structured across borders. He has also researched the labor-market impacts of international trade, investment, and immigration, and has studied the political-economy question of individual attitudes about globalization. This research has been supported by several grants from organizations including the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation. Over forty articles by Professor Slaughter have been published as book chapters and in peer-reviewed academic journals.

He also co-authored the book Globalization and the Perceptions of American Workers. He currently serves in various editorial positions for several academic journals.

In addition to numerous presentations at academic conferences and seminars, Professor Slaughter has spoken to many audiences in the business and policy communities and he has testified before both chambers of the U.S. Congress. His work has been widely featured in business media such as Business Week, The Economist, Financial Times, Newsweek, Time, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He has been interviewed on many TV and radio programs such as CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight and NPR's Marketplace. In recent years he has also served as a consultant both to individual multinational firms and also to several industry organizations that support dialogue on issues of international trade, investment, and taxation.

Professor Slaughter joined the Tuck faculty in 2002. Prior to that, since 1994, he had been an assistant and associate professor of economics at Dartmouth, where in 2001 he received the school-wide John M. Manley Huntington teaching award. Professor Slaughter received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Notre Dame in 1990, and his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994.

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A New Deal for Globalization

Authors: Kenneth Scheve and Matthew J. Slaughter

Globalization has brought huge overall benefits, but earnings for most U.S. workers -- even those with college degrees -- have been falling recently; inequality is greater now than at any other time in the last 70 years. Whatever the cause, the result has been a surge in protectionism. To save globalization, policymakers must spread its gains more widely. The best way to do that is by redistributing income.

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