Posts by Matt Bruenig

This week has turned out to be the week of low-hanging fruit for me. On Monday, we had a misleading Cato post that falsely claimed that the US poor are as well off as the poor in Sweden and Denmark.
November 5, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Jim Tankersley has a post purporting to document a big economic fight happening in the Democratic party. In it, he rehearses the (by now) hackneyed "divide" between those who blame the rise of...
November 3, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Cato's Dan Mitchell had a misleading post today claiming that the poor in the US are better off than the poor in the Nordic countries.
November 2, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
In last night's debate, Marco Rubio tried once again to sell himself as a populist candidate who wants to help hardworking people like his parents. Although his media boosters like to pretend...
October 30, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Bruce Meyer and Nikolas Mittig has a new paper showing that the receipt of SNAP, TANF, and Section 8 benefits is underreported in the Current Population Survey (CPS) and that, when you use...
October 28, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Education reformers believe, among other things, that schools should be allowed to experiment with different educational models. The idea is that, by letting a thousand models bloom, we will hit upon...
October 26, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
The Census released the microdata for the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). Here's what is shows. Market Poverty At the market distribution of income (defined as total SPM income minus transfers...
October 23, 2015 | Matt Bruenig
Denmark played a surprising role in Tuesday's Democratic debate. Here is how the country stacks up the US on a number of important social indicators. The Poor Here are the overall poverty rates for...
October 20, 2015 | Matt Bruenig