Posts by Matt Bruenig

Yesterday I wrote about the mistaken way that I think some commentators discuss cross-country tax progressivity. Based on OECD tables and the work of Monica Prasad, the conventional wisdom is that...
March 26, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Every four years, some marginal GOP candidate resurrects the flat tax idea. This year it is apparently Ted Cruz's turn. The arguments for how stupid this would be (as well as needlessly...
March 25, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Like everyone else in the economics blogging sphere, I have been impressed by the new Mason-Konczal project at the Roosevelt Institute.
March 23, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
On Monday, I had a post about the economic determinants of marriage. In it, I rehearse the argument that declining economic prospects for men near the bottom and improved economic prospects for women...
March 19, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Discussions of family forms are often incorrectly inserted into discussions about egalitarian economic institutions. And so while I am not particularly interested in the family form discussion, I am...
March 16, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Pundits of all stripes are relitigating this somewhat tired debate about what "causes" poverty. David Brooks, apparently with no self-awareness or self-reflection, bemoans nonjudgmentalism towards...
March 13, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
If you put aside the silliness of the Reformocon Parent Tax Penalty idea (which Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig has a great critique on recently), there is actually something very important to say about the...
March 9, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Pushing her new reduce-child-poverty-with-birth-control gospel, Isabell Sawhill had this to say at Education Next:
March 3, 2015 | Matt Bruenig