Posts by Matt Bruenig

Over at Brookings, Richard Reeves, Edward Rodrigue, and Elizabeth Kneebone are trying to come up with a new framing around poverty, perhaps to replace Brookings' old comical "Success Sequence"...
April 20, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Peter Dreier has a piece in Democracy Journal about how to fix the woeful state of housing welfare benefits in the US. It's a long piece, but his proposal is pretty simple.
April 19, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
I've been curious for some time about how government revenue has changed over the last few decades and particularly what role nontax revenue has had in those changes. The OECD publishes some helpful...
April 18, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
When tracking poverty rates over time, one notable trend in the last 40 years or so is the rise in poverty for ages 18-25. One of the major causes of this is the rise of mass higher education....
April 14, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Lydia DePillis has a wonderful piece at the Washington Post asking the question: would it be so bad if the minimum wage killed jobs? Here's DePillis:
April 4, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Amid all the tax plans floated out during this campaign, only one remaining candidate, Ted Cruz, has proposed increasing tax on general consumption. In Cruz's plan, the US would impose a 16%...
March 31, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
I noted previously that I think single-payer healthcare would be a clever way to build out a nice welfare state. My argument was that our current system is so bad that it has driven health care...
March 30, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
In recent years, anti-leftist liberals (and even some libertarians) have taken to saying Denmark and other Nordic countries are actually neoliberal countries. The latest version of this argument...
March 25, 2016 | Matt Bruenig