Posts by Matt Bruenig

The Census released the official poverty data on Tuesday. I detailed the effects of transfers on the figures on Wednesday. Here I aim to drill down on who comprised the officially poor in 2013.
September 19, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
The Census released its income and poverty figures for the 2013 calendar year yesterday. Here I break down the impact of income transfers in the poverty data using my handy dandy Poverty...
September 16, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
The Zucman-Saez wealth data based upon tax returns is the best thing going right now. Here is their time series of the share of the national wealth held by the 1 percent: The Survey of Consumer...
September 16, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have a piece in the New York Times titled "The Way to Beat Poverty." They note that the toxic stress that bombards poor children, especially very young...
September 14, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
On Thursday, the Federal Reserve released the 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances. On Friday, I calculated the racial wealth inequalities that show up in the survey data. Here, I cover wealth...
September 8, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
The Federal Reserve released the 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances yesterday. The overall wealth distribution picture is grim and getting worse: The top 10% of families own 75.3% of the nation's...
September 5, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
I created an interactive poverty calculator and stuck it on its own website: uspovertydata.com (click here to go to the calculator). In this post, I explain the technical details of the...
September 3, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
I am working on poverty data project using the Census' Supplemental Poverty Metric (SPM). It won't be completed for quite some time, but little factoids trickle out of the calculations from time...
September 2, 2014 | Matt Bruenig