Posts by Matt Bruenig

Children present significant poverty and financial risks for families for two main reasons. First, as yesterday's post explains, the mere addition of children to families is enough to push many...
July 31, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Children are expensive—especially if you have a tight budget to begin with. We know that children make up around 1/3rd of the officially impoverished people in the country. However, this figure...
July 29, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
The following bit of text from a Washington Post piece reminded me of a concept I have been wanting to talk about for some time: Heather Boushey, a liberal economist who has discussed policy...
July 27, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Josh Barro has a piece at Upshot about increasing work hours. In it, he plays the irritating game of describing certain institutional choices that help to determine how many hours people work as "...
July 16, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Jeb Bush has made it clear that growth is going to be a big part of his campaign. Before the thinkpieces start flowing on whether he can achieve it and how he hopes to achieve it, we should take a...
July 13, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Jeb Bush says people need to work longer hours to get 4 percent growth "as far as the eye can see." So far, responses have focused on how ridiculous it is to demand of people that they work longer...
July 10, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
This week I am covering the plight of disabled adults between 2000 and 2013. On Monday, I discussed the fact that the poverty rate for disabled adults increased 50% over this period. On Tuesday...
July 8, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
This week I am covering the plight of disabled adults between 2000 and 2013. On Monday, I discussed the fact that the poverty rate for disabled adults increased 50% over this period. Today's post is...
July 7, 2015 | Matt Bruenig