Posts by Matt Bruenig

In "Capital," Piketty tracks as far back as he can the history of wealth inequality, which is also described as the history of inequality in the ownership of capital. In order to embark upon such a...
April 22, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
Land Value Tax A Land Value Tax (LVT) is a tax on the unimproved value of a piece of land. It is similar to property taxes except that it is not assessed against the value of the buildings or...
April 21, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
High executive pay is in the news again, this time in a weekend piece at the New York Times. The high pay of executives is of interest because their "supersalaries" are driving a healthy chunk...
April 17, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
In Monday's post, I took on the claim that some kind of uniquely American epidemic of single and unmarried parenting was to blame for our high rates of child poverty. Despite what you often hear, the...
April 16, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
I see it often claimed that the high rate of child poverty in the US is a function of family composition. According to this view, the reason childhood poverty is so high is that there are too many...
April 14, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
Last week, I wrote a post arguing that we should give parents free money. To the extent that we want to help families raise children, a good idea in my view, the best way to do that is not to create...
April 9, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
In light of the McCutcheon ruling that eliminated the "aggregate contribution limit," I thought it might be of some interest to see what John Rawls, a favorite of mine, has to say on the...
April 8, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
On Friday, in a piece about another topic, Tyler Cowen wrote: If we believe that investment has higher positive externalities over time than consumption, that militates in favor of leaving resources...
April 7, 2014 | Matt Bruenig