Posts by Matt Bruenig

The Brookings/AEI anti-poverty consensus consists of three points: education, work, and marriage. In a prior post, I attacked the education focus as misguided: we've been massively ramping up...
December 4, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
The Brookings/AEI "bipartisan consensus" on reducing poverty is now officially out. The report focuses on three things: education, marriage, and work.
December 3, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Brookings and the American Enterprise Institute claim to have hatched a bipartisan consensus plan for reducing poverty. As exciting as that sounds, the details of the plan, unfortunately, won't be...
December 2, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
The battle over poverty policy is largely about the battle over how to initially frame the poverty problem. I take issue with the way the poverty problem is usually framed by most think tanks and...
November 30, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Brookings just released a report called, "Campaign 2016: Eight Big Issues the Presidential Candidates Should Address." In it, they include a chapter on poverty that is a total conceptual...
November 20, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Last week, Michael Petrilli and Brandon Wright made an abortive attempt to "guesstimate" cross-country differences in child poverty at the National Review. I criticized the effort here at...
November 17, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Determining the poverty rate is always a somewhat arbitrary affair. There are dozens of potential combinations of income concepts, family concepts, and poverty thresholds, none of which stands out as...
November 16, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
There is a debate raging between the Tax Foundation and Vox’s Dylan Matthews and Matt Yglesias about how to present the distributional effects of tax plans and, more generally, how to understand...
November 11, 2015 | Matt Bruenig