Posts by Sean McElwee

Several corporations sit on the boards of powerful business and trade organizations that take positions contrary to  the companies’ purported stance on climate change, finds a new Union of...
January 16, 2014 | Sean McElwee
Matt Bruenig posted an interesting response to Barbara Ehrenreich's brilliant The Atlantic essay on what poverty is really like. In the essay she argues that there has been a palpable shift in how we...
January 15, 2014 | Sean McElwee
Today, 75 economists -- including 7 Nobel Laureates -- signed a letter advocating a higher minimum wage. They sum up what is now the consensus among economists: a modest boost to the minimum...
January 14, 2014 | Sean McElwee
My newest article at The Atlantic examines Vermont’s push for universal healthcare. Rather than reform the individual market and leave the employer-based healthcare system largely intact,...
December 27, 2013 | Sean McElwee
Lew Daly and I have a new piece at Salon about the carbon bubble. We argue that current valuations of companies mask an unsustainable future.
December 23, 2013 | Sean McElwee
The 2007 economic crisis and the lingering stagnation it wrought has led economists, philosophers and policymakers to a profound rethinking of how we measure economic performance and social progress...
November 20, 2013 | Sean McElwee
The establishment consensus is accurately summarized by Martin Feldstein, “Preventing an explosion of the national debt requires slowing the growth of the benefits of middle-class retirees.” But the...
November 13, 2013 | Sean McElwee
Matt Phillips at QZ reports on, “the most important change in the US economy since the Great Recession—that nobody is talking about.” The change is the drastic decline in credit card debt among...
November 12, 2013 | Sean McElwee