Posts by Matt Bruenig

Max Ehrenfreund has a piece at the Washington Post about Bernie Sanders' tax and transfer plan that is mistaken on a number of points. Some of the points are mere factual errors worth noting but not...
May 12, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Last week, I asked why shouldn't we have paternalism for factor income (i.e. labor and capital income)? My point was that the arguments for why we need to use paternalism for transfer income (i.e....
May 11, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
What would happen if full blown economic robotization occurs? This question is usually approached in a purely technical way. Commentators opine on who all would be disemployed by it, how the dynamics...
May 9, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Pundits who oppose generous cash transfer incomes often appeal to the need for paternalism. You can't just provide people cash incomes because they could spend it wrongly or badly. Michael Strain had...
May 5, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Jonathan Chait said: The most generous tax-and-transfer systems in the world — such as in Denmark, a country Sanders has cited as a model — do not tax the rich all that much more heavily than the...
May 3, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
The case for the minimum wage is straightforward. The evidence shows that, at least at some level, minimum wages increase the incomes of low-wage workers without actually causing much, if any,...
May 2, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Jonathan Chait had a piece yesterday echoing one of those zombie myths that float around in liberal circles for some reason: The most generous tax-and-transfer systems in the world — such as in...
April 27, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
The Independent Women's Forum put out a proposal for how to fund paid leave that is so poorly conceptualized that it's hard to believe it was done in good faith.
April 25, 2016 | Matt Bruenig