If you follow this debate and know the players, there’s an interesting and IMHO, progressive, consensus forming. Over at the NYT Economix blog.
I meant to get to this yesterday and now the NYT editorial board beat me to it. It’s an inspiring story about a type of political courage you see way too little of these days: a governor in a red state fighting against a harmful, regressive tax cut…and maybe even winning the fight! Gov. Jay [...]
I’ve been getting that question a lot lately, so I thought it might be useful to offer some thoughts here. President Obama is giving an economics speech later today at Knox College in Illinois, focusing on the economy from the perspective of the middle class. As he did in a speech at this same locale [...]
On the importance of bringing an ample policy response to an issue I’ve focused on a lot around here: the linkages between increased inequality and diminished mobility, over at the NYT Economix blog.
Each Monday, we run a series of links to articles showing the impact of sequestration across the land. Often, these are localized impacts that don’t readily show up in GDP, enabling the chin-strokers on cable TV (yes, I’m one) to protest that the budget cuts have had no impact at all. As our weekly links [...]
Here’s an interesting piece worth slogging through on ways in which policy changes implied by traditional economic analysis can skew power in ways that make a lot of people a lot worse off. The prose is a bit dense and opaque, but the point and the many historical examples are interesting and convincing. The authors—Acemoglu and Robinson—are [...]
You want my advice, you should pour a tall cup-a-Joe and settle in to read this essay by Sean Reardon in this AMs NYT on education and wealth. He covers a lot of ground, but the theme that resonated most with me is one I’ve stressed often in these parts regarding the growing evidence of [...]
The furloughs haven’t much phased in yet, and the economy doesn’t show obvious signs of sequester drag yet. It’s early, however, and anecdotal signs of trouble (brown shoots?) are showing up, like this one from an Indiana paper (h/t: SP). At least two Indiana Head Start programs have resorted to a random drawing to determine [...]
You will recall that in his last State of the Union address, President Obama announced a policy idea that makes a whole lot of sense for our times: universal pre-school. It’s easy to describe why this is a good idea, and I’ll do so in a moment, but in recent debates, I’ve noticed some opposition [...]
Here’s yours truly in today’s WaPo on trends that are hurting kids’ ability to realize their potential and lots of policy ideas to help them. There’s a video in there too if you want to hear the longer live version (wherein you’ll hear a plug for OTE, btw).
I played a symphony of chin music today, in two movements. First, here’s a talk I gave this AM on investing in kids for the Washington Post Summit on Children and Families. And here are the slides. Here’s one figure I stressed in the talk, showing some sort of good news: the safety net caught [...]
OK—I’m afraid that title promises more than you’re about to get. But I do think the figure below underscores important relationships between the increase in inequality and diminished opportunities for less advantaged kids, and thus provides intuitive support for the President’s proposal for universal access to pre-school. The figure shows so-called “enrichment expenditures”—spending by parents [...]
There’s a plethora of analysis, criticism, praise, and commentary in this AMs papers on the big speech last night, to which I have only a little to add. As usual, start with Wonkbook but as far as I could absorb, the general consensus is that the President laid out an ambitious, progressive agenda that will [...]
When watching a basketball game, though your eye is drawn toward the player with the ball, it’s good to watch how the play’s developing away from the ball—trying to see how players without the ball are moving–looking not just where the play is, but where it will be a few passes ahead. That’s also the [...]
Gave testimony today, just like Nicely, Nicely, though not quite as exciting. Here’s the material I presented, which I think many in these parts will like, but here’s the summary: Testifying today at a House Education and Workforce Committee hearing on “Challenges and Opportunities Facing America’s Schools and Workplaces,” CBPP Senior Fellow Jared Bernstein explained that recent [...]
About to go on the Alex Wagner show on MSNBC at noon (EST) and also prepping for testimony tomorrow in the House, so light posting today. I’ll post testimony tomorrow–it’s on education and jobs.
Just working up some numbers for testimony next week on education and jobs and wanted to share this graph of real weekly earnings for full-time workers with a bachelor’s degree, 25 and up. I think there’s a strain of debate on these issues that argues once someone has a college degree, they’re immune from the [...]
Headed to MI today for a talk on election outcomes and their implications for state policy (my host is the great MI League for Public Policy). As usual, much of my thinking comes from the kick-butt state policy group at CBPP. First, it’s important to recognize that the majority of the electorate, particularly in the [...]
I’ve done just one post on the Chicago teachers’ strike, pointing out that ratcheting up the weight on teachers’ evaluations based on value-added modeling (VAM)—one of Mayor Emmanuel’s conditions—is a really bad idea. Now, according to Reuters, the framework agreement they’ve reached out there scales back on that weighting. Here’s a useful piece by Richard [...]
Steve Greenhouse does a nice job of explaining what’s going on in this high visibility strike by Chicago’s public school teachers. I need to learn more about the details before I develop my own view, but two things to keep in mind here. First, public opinion turns out to be very important in these high [...]