Oren Cass

Oren Cass is the executive director of American Compass and author of The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America (2018). He is a contributing opinion writer for the Financial Times and his work also appears regularly in publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

From 2005 to 2015, Oren worked as a management consultant in Bain & Company’s Boston and Delhi offices. During this period, he also earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was elected vice president and treasurer of the Harvard Law Review and oversaw the journal’s budget and operations. While still in law school, Oren also became Domestic Policy Director for Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, editing and producing the campaign’s “jobs book” and developing its domestic policy strategy, proposals, and research. He joined the Manhattan Institute as a senior fellow in 2015 and became a prolific scholar, publishing more than 15 reports for MI and editing its popular “Issues 2016” and “Issues 2020” series, testifying before seven congressional committees and speaking on dozens of college campuses. He founded American Compass at the start of 2020.

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Pushing ‘College For All’ Makes Americans Poorer. Here’s What We Need Instead Share This

Feb 18, 2022

THE FEDERALIST—Oren Cass discusses new American Compass research on the effects of globalization on American workers and domestic jobs.

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The False Promise of Good Jobs Share This

Feb 17, 2022

Patterns of change in the U.S. labor market, 2000–2019

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Why the US right wants to put workers in the boardroom Share This

Feb 01, 2022

FINANCIAL TIMES—American Compass executive director Oren Cass on how a new Republican bill that proposes to give labor a new voice is a challenge to vested interests on both left and right.

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The Return of Political Economy Share This

Jan 10, 2022

When an economic consensus collapses, who picks up the pieces?

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A battle for the GOP’s future is under way Share This

Dec 22, 2021

FINANCIAL TIMES—Oren Cass makes the case that the Republicans must move beyond the dog-eared 1980s playbook of tax cuts and deregulation if they are to succeed.

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What Are Public Schools For? Share This

Dec 14, 2021

CITY JOURNAL—According to a new American Compass survey, parents have a different answer than activists and policymakers do, writes Oren Cass.

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20 Years of “Free Trade” with China Share This

Dec 10, 2021

The decision to welcome China into the World Trade Organization two decades ago still has its defenders—the Xinhua News Agency, for instance, and the American Enterprise Institute’s Jim Pethokoukis. “Most obvious are the consumer benefits from China … and how Chinese import competition encouraged many American manufacturing firms to invest and innovate more,” observes Xinhua, […]

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Foreword: Teach for America Share This

Dec 06, 2021

Public education’s primary purpose is preservation of our democratic republic.

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Why National Conservatism Needs Worker Power Share This

Nov 25, 2021

NATIONAL CONSERVATISM—At the second National Conservatism conference, Oren Cass discusses the importance of worker power to the future of conservatism.

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Have I Got a Bridge to Sell You: The Limitations of Econ 101 Share This

Nov 20, 2021

AMERICAN AFFAIRS—American Compass executive director Oren Cass reviews Glenn Hubbard’s new book, The Wall and the Bridge, and discusses the limits of market fundamentalism.

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Why China Matters to You Share This

Nov 19, 2021

In hindsight, it was the happiest of coincidences that global markets integrated during an era of American hegemony. In the moment, though, policymakers took for granted the presence of some indelible linkage: “Globalization” was synonymous with “liberalization.” Countries with McDonald’s didn’t fight each other. And trading freely with a communist, mercantilist dictatorship ruling over more […]

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The Cult for Growth Share This

Nov 05, 2021

It is a peculiar thing, the terror with which inhabitants of early 21st-century America crawl into bed each night, uncertain if they will awake the next morning to an economy still growing. It is Growth to which they owe their prosperity, they believe, and Growth on which they must pin their hopes for their children. […]

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