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Global Golf Lessons (‘U.S. News & World Report’)

“Big swaths of white working-class voters have been left behind economically; meanwhile, they have spent decades watching elites head off to golf camp, literally and figuratively,” writes Dartmouth’s Charles Wheelan ’88 in a U.S. News & World Report opinion piece. Wheelan is a senior lecturer in economics and a policy fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy.

But promises like presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico won’t help America’s working class, writes Wheelan, who nevertheless says he’ll desist from “offering a policy lesson.”

“Instead,” he writes, “I want to offer an ‘I told you so’ acknowledgment to two academics who predicted this working class backlash nearly a decade ago. In 2007, Kenneth Scheve and Matthew Slaughter (a colleague of mine at Dartmouth) published an article in Foreign Affairs titled "A New Deal for Globalization.” Scheve is a political scientist at Stanford; Slaughter is an economist, dean of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, and a former member of the Council of Economic Advisers during the George W. Bush administration.

“Scheve and Slaughter’s ‘New Deal for Globalization’ article should have been a wake up call to those of us with kids in golf camp. They laid out a compelling case for why the political and business elites ought to pay more attention to the inequities being created by globalization (and other related economic forces),” writes Wheelan.

Read the full opinion piece, published 7/11/16 by U.S. News & World Report.

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