Posts by Matt Bruenig

Previously, I created a poverty calculator for the Official Poverty Metric and Supplemental Poverty Metric that lets users select which incomes (and income reducers) to include in a poverty...
May 18, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Edit: Original piece said Hughes works at Heritage, but he actually works at Cato. This was an error, though one could be excused from failing to see the difference.
May 15, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Charles Murray has an amusing strategy for fighting regulation, which contains within it a rather naive theory of the state: And so my modest proposal: Let’s withhold that compliance [with...
May 11, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Jeff Spross had an interesting piece at The Week about the illusion of self-reliance in a modern capitalist economy. As Spross points out, what we often call self-reliance in the realm of...
May 8, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
It's been a while since I've written about the idea of a universal child benefit scheme (i.e. providing equal per-child cash benefits to all families). So I figured some catch up on the development...
May 5, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
David Brooks has a misinformed piece on poverty in the New York Times. Blame for some of the mistakes falls on Brooks. Blame for others falls squarely on Brookings' Ron Haskins for...
May 4, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Yesterday, I shared this graph of a breakdown of the offically poor over time:
May 1, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Previously I posted this graph about who the officially poor were in 2013. I've been wanting to break "Rest" down a little more and extend this back into time. So I went into IPUMS and did just that...
April 30, 2015 | Matt Bruenig