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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Magical Thinking on China and Trade Share This

Feb 23, 2021

In the Wall Street Journal today, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson gives a rundown of the generic case for “How American Free Trade Can Outdo China.” Three things jump out: 1. He leads with the point that, “America’s economic prosperity and the effectiveness of our political system and global leadership are rooted in domestic economic […]

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The Family Income Supplemental Credit Share This

Feb 18, 2021

A proposal to expand the social compact for working families

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A New Conservatism: Freeing the Right From Free-Market Orthodoxy Share This

Feb 12, 2021

FOREIGN AFFAIRSAmerican Compass executive director Oren Cass discusses a path forward for conservatism that is no longer bound by free-market orthodoxy.

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Foreword: One Generation Away Share This

Feb 10, 2021

Preserving our national inheritance requires public policy to get the family right.

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Joe Biden should be doing more that really helps workers Share This

Feb 01, 2021

FINANCIAL TIMES—American Compass executive director Oren Cass discusses President Biden’s first days in office and why he should focus on policies that help working Americans.

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When Does a Labor Economist Ask for a Raise? Share This

Jan 28, 2021

Little persuasion happens in 280-character snippets, but people willing to explain their thinking and answer each other’s questions can still accomplish a lot by clarifying their views and identifying the underlying sources of disagreement. So I was delighted yesterday when the Cato Institute’s Alex Nowrasteh took the time to walk me through his understanding of […]

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The Immigration Shimmy Share This

Jan 25, 2021

Immigration expansionists face a difficult challenge: they support high levels of immigration—including many more less-skilled immigrants—for a variety of legitimate reasons, but the less-skilled immigration has detrimental economic effects on vulnerable American workers, including earlier generations of immigrants already in the country. That tradeoff is one the expansionists would make, but it is understandably unpopular. […]

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A Tale of Two Conservatisms Share This

Jan 19, 2021

Being called a “socialist” by George Will in the Washington Post was already a professional highlight. So I was thrilled for the opportunity to talk with him about the future of conservatism. Clearly, we would have a lot to discuss. Last week, American Compass and the Wall Street Journal co-hosted that event, “What Now? A […]

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Should the U.S. Adopt an Industrial Policy? Share This

Jan 13, 2021

EVENT—At the Soho Forum, American Compass’s Oren Cass and Cato Institute’s Scott Lincicome debate whether the U.S. should adopt an industrial policy.

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Where Do We Go From Here? Share This

Jan 11, 2021

January 6 was a catastrophe for America. An angry mob, spurred on by the president, some carrying confederate flags, ransacked the Capitol during a joint session of Congress. Lives were lost. Indelible and humiliating images of a desecrated seat of government were burned into the nation’s consciousness and broadcast around the world. Any comfort taken […]

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Complacency and wasteful spending blight US higher education Share This

Dec 23, 2020

FINANCIAL TIMES—American Compass’s Oren Cass makes the case against forgiving billions of dollars of student debt and for rethinking our approach to higher education.

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Worker Power Or Loose Borders: You Can Only Pick One Share This

Dec 21, 2020

DAILY CALLER—American Compass’s Oren Cass discusses the tension between worker power and loose immigration policy.

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