News & Research

War and Peace

The President recently tweeted that trade wars are good and winnable. Slaughter & Rees argue that no country wins in a trade war.We your correspondents intended this March missive to...

Mar 05, 2018

Watch Policies, Not Performance

It is easier for government and policy leaders to implement pro-productivity policies in boom times.With the first month of 2018 now in the books, the world economy is turning in...

Feb 01, 2018

How to Select the World’s Most Important Economic Policy Maker

Economists Slaughter and Rees opine that for the next chairperson of the Federal Reserve Board, the president must nominate the candidate who exhibits the greatest capacity to learn.Sometime this...

Oct 30, 2017

The Ambivalent Median Household

The state of the median household in 2016, both in terms of income and net worth, was a glass half full and half empty: full relative to the recent past, empty...

Oct 02, 2017

The Only Thing That Could Salvage the Trump Presidency

"In the strongest organizations, employees trust each other: their motivations, their strengths and weaknesses, and their intentions," say two former White House employees. We two Matts have both worked in...

Jul 31, 2017

Who Is the Most Powerful of All?

While the U.S. is still perceived as the number one economic power in the world, the Pew Research Center finds that other nations, namely China, are gaining ground.Economic...

Jul 25, 2017

There Are Not Plenty More Fish in the Sea

With many of the planet’s fish populations at or approaching “biologically unsustainable levels” an intergovernmental mechanism that induces fishermen to internalize the harm they do by overfishing is needed...

Jul 17, 2017

India’s Tryst with Revolutionary Tax Reform

On July 1, India’s famously labyrinthine tax code was scrapped for a much simpler one that may unleash enormous potential. Among the seminal moments in India’s economic history,...

Jul 03, 2017

The Global Economy and Domestic Jobs

"Leaders in Washington should base their policy ideas on data and research, not anecdotes and assertions," say Slaughter & Rees.Since his earliest days, President Trump has voiced a widely shared...

Jun 19, 2017

The Paradox of Dynamism

Economic dynamism has historically brought an upward spiral of growth in productivity, opportunity, and thus incomes, but in the U.S., dynamism is fading. We live in an era of...

May 30, 2017

What So Many Miss about China

Entrepreneurs represent a vibrant and powerful force with great potential to reshape the Chinese economy.Say the phrase, “Chinese economy,” and in our home country of the United...

May 22, 2017

Don’t Download This Song

New technologies invariably produce winners and losers, but the music industry in particular has been pummeled.Taylor Swift is one of the most popular music performers in the world today...

May 01, 2017

The Tide Recedes or the Tsunami Builds?

Sunday April 23, 2017 may be the date that future historians identify as the starting point for a receding tide of global populism in the 21st century. Calling a turn in global...

Apr 24, 2017

Can Public-Sector Innovation Drive Private-Sector Growth?

Government and business are fundamentally different, but a focus on technology and data infrastructure innovation within the federal government could drive significant job creation.It’s one of the...

Apr 10, 2017

Mar-a-Lago Cheat Sheet

Economists Slaughter & Rees of the Tuck School debunk Trump's claims about the U.S. trade deficit and its impact on jobs. Later this week Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel...

Apr 03, 2017

What So Many Governments Lack—Trust

While skepticism about government is embedded in America’s DNA, outright distrust is a more recent phenomenon.This is a tough time for government. Long-standing policies and practices are under...

Mar 27, 2017

The Globalization Paradox

Globalization boosts—not lowers—productivity and average incomes, say Matthew Slaughter and Matthew Rees.This past weekend in Baden-Baden, Germany, the finance ministers of the G-20 nations received a bracing...

Mar 20, 2017

Think Self-Care, Not Just Health Care

Reversing the obesity trend and reducing health-care spending depends on something often overlooked: changes in individual behavior.Amid talk in Washington of presidential wiretapping and the dismissal of U.S....

Mar 13, 2017