Matthew R. Shay


Matthew R. Shay is president and CEO of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association whose members employ 42 million Americans. He hold degrees from The Ohio State University Law School and the Georgetown University Business School. Readers may write him at NRT, 1101 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Most Recent Articles by Matthew R. Shay:

Trump’s tariffs are too great a gamble for U.S. economy

Aug 26, 2018 — Matthew R. Shay

Trump’s tariffs are too great a gamble for U.S. economy
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After a long, slow climb following the Great Recession, the U.S. economy is finally thriving again.

Thanks largely to tax and regulatory reform, wages and take-home pay are higher, employment has risen and the consumers who drive the economy are confident.

Things are so good that at the National Retail Federation, we have increased our economic forecast for 2018, predicting retail sales will grow at least 4.5 percent over 2017 rather than the range of 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent we predicted earlier this year.


Lowering corporate taxes will send workers’ wages soaring

Sep 17, 2017 — Matthew R. Shay

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Labor Day is behind us.  But as we look beyond its traditions of barbecues, beaches and vague political promises to help American workers, there is one clear action Congress could take to actually increase wages and create jobs: corporate tax reform.

Currently, many commentators are ignoring the fact that workers would be one of the major beneficiaries of corporate tax reform.


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