Matt Haldane 

Matt Haldane


Tsinghua University

MA in Global Business Journalism

Class of 2015


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My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship

I need to get some pollution masks,” immediately followed by, “This will be a great opportunity.

Why I’m interested in trade

David Ricardo’s theory of comparative advantage is brilliant. While it may not hold in all situations, it has withstood the test of time better than many economic ideas and works quite well as a general principle. As chairman of the Harvard Economics Department Greg Mankiw wrote on his blog 189 years after the publication of Ricardo’s “On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation”, “Few propositions command as much consensus among professional economists as that open world trade increases economic growth and raises living standards.” What isn’t interesting about that?

What this scholarship opportunity means to me

This scholarship has given me an opportunity to examine more closely China’s media and business landscapes. For much of history, China has been an important trading partner and its recent economic rise has made this truer than perhaps at any other time. I think the ability to live and study in China is a great opportunity.

The international experiences I’m most looking forward to

The food in China is pretty great.

What I’ll bring to my dorm to remind me of home

The Internet. I also have a Boston Red Sox hat that travels around with me.

My favorite hobbies and other interests

Reading, writing, hiking, traveling. Fortunately, these interests all go together pretty well.

My proudest achievement so far in life

I’m not a particularly prideful person, but if I’m bragging to friends, I’m most likely to bring up my SERE military training.

The largest obstacle I’ve overcome so far in life

I always knew leaving the navy was in the cards for me, but it meant taking a big pay cut for a period of time to allow myself to go back to school and study something that held more long-term interest for me (i.e. journalism). While many people have perfectly good reasons for staying in the military, I’m glad I was able to face the uncertainty of separation for the promise of a new, exciting career, though I’m still proud of my time in the service.

My future goals and aspirations

I like to keep my options open, since surprise opportunities have often made for great decisions. That said, I hope to get involved in business journalism writing about trade, macroeconomics and other international issues. My dream job when I was in high school was to eventually become the editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal. I probably still wouldn’t turn it down.

How I plan to give back and help others

I enjoy helping others realize their goals by sharing information, resources and research. I believe if you have an expertise in a certain area, there’s nothing better than passing that information on so it can be used and built upon to benefit the greatest number of people possible.

Personal statement

With great power comes great responsibility.

Story about Haldane Matt

Haldane Matt is a Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Scholar in the Global Business Journalism program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Prior to his enrollment in the master’s program and involvement with the Hinrich Foundation, he covered business news for Reuters, the Phoenix Business Journal, the Arizona Republic and has been published by several other news organizations.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in economics and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University. His economics studies focused on macro issues, especially as they relate to Europe and Asia. Prior to attending ASU, he spent more than four years in the United States Navy as an Information Systems Technician stationed in South Korea and Japan.

Matt was awarded the Hinrich Global Trade Scholarship in 2013 with an expected graduation date of summer 2015.