Posts by Matt Bruenig

Last week, I had a post outlining how family poverty works. The upshot is that family poverty is largely driven by the ratio of earners to dependents. Families with lots of earners and few dependents...
March 24, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Martin Neil Baily wrote this at Brookings about work hours in northern Europe:
March 22, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Another day, another few posts of lazy, unsubstantiated arguments that the Nordic countries just do not innovate. I would say I am tired of dealing with those arguments by now, but the reality is I...
March 16, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Shawn Fremstad has a report at CAP, titled "Partnered But Poor," debunking the idea that marriage is a cure-all to poverty. The report mostly draws from analysis of the 2013 Current Population Survey...
March 14, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Zack Beauchamp has a piece in Vox that greatly misunderstands the nature of free trade in the Nordic countries. Here is Beauchamp: There's a solution for the damage trade has done to the American...
March 9, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
For some time now, I have been banging away at the point that work-focused poverty initiatives are severely limited in what they can achieve. The great majority of poor people are not able to work...
March 8, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Charles M. Blow, of the New York Times, had an interesting set of tweets about tax justice over the weekend. The tweets provide helpful anchors for discussing the ins and outs of theories of tax...
March 7, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
In response to Donald Trump's success in the GOP primary, a few conservatives have offered up new policy ideas for a new moderate conservative agenda (Henry Olsen and James C. Capretta in Real Clear...
March 3, 2016 | Matt Bruenig