Posts by Matt Bruenig

Last month, I noticed something interesting in data I produced to see how the recovery from the Great Recession was going. The data showed that the rise in disability among older working-age people...
January 5, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Bryce Covert had a piece in the New York Times in which she argues that $250,000 is not middle class. Covert's broader point is that Democratic opposition to raising taxes on those making less...
January 4, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Tyler Cowen had a popular piece in the New York Times last week in which he agued that assortative mating (rich marrying rich, poor marrying poor) reinforces income inequality. As in his book "...
December 28, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Over the last couple of years, only one idea for welfare expansion has received some conservative support. That idea is to increase the benefit levels of the Earned Income Tax Credit for single,...
December 17, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
A couple of weeks ago, Brookings and AEI released a report purporting to establish a bipartisan consensus on how to reduce poverty. It was terrible. I produced the following substantive...
December 14, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
On October 31, Finland's public media organization Yle reported that the Finnish welfare institution Kela had begun the initial stages of putting together a Universal Basic Income (UBI) proposal.
December 10, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
In Monday's post, I made an attempt to quantify how the employment situation in the country has changed since the Great Recession. Here is how things have changed overall: Here is how things have...
December 8, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Friday's job report set off yet another debate about whether we are fully recovered from the Great Recession. This is not really my area, but I've decided to weigh in nonetheless. 1. Peak, Recession...
December 7, 2015 | Matt Bruenig