Posts by Matt Bruenig

Clio Chang has a post at The Century Foundation about combatting the resilience of Black child poverty with a child allowance. In it, Chang notes that Black and Latino families with...
August 31, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Earlier this week, I rehashed the point that the poor are primarily people who reside in vulnerable populations: children, elderly, disabled, students, caretakers, and the involuntarily unemployed. I...
August 28, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
The Census will release a new crop of poverty data in a few weeks. In anticipation of the release, I have been refining my "life status" approach to categorizing the various types of poor people....
August 25, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Donald Trump said the following in an interview with Time magazine: Don’t forget in the meantime we have a real unemployment rate that’s probably 21%. It’s not 6. [It's] not 5.2 and 5.5. Our real...
August 21, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Since 1999, US prime-age labor force participation has declined. This has naturally prompted speculation as to why, including theories about disability and the rising cost of child care pushing...
August 19, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
According to Brookings, the Success Sequence for avoiding poverty is roughly: have a high school education, a full-time job, and have children while you are married and after you are 21 years of age...
August 17, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
The "Success Sequence" is explained most recently as follows:
August 13, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
At the request of Matt Yglesias, I have produced 2012 figures for income levels at various points of the income distribution across the 50 states. Click here for the downloadable spreadsheet.  ...
August 7, 2015 | Matt Bruenig