Over at WaPo. Actually, the Census income and poverty results for 2014–poverty was unchanged from 2013 and remains elevated at 14.8% and real median household income was also flat–seem a bit too pessimistic to me given what we know about jobs and wages in 2014 so I focused more on longer term trends. Another reason… Read more
Over at PostEverything, with some pretty striking graphics.
An extended piece, co-authored with Ben Spielberg, on what public policy can do to help increase the mobility of those on the wrong side of the inequality divide, over at the Atlantic (note cute picture above lead). This work led me to do a deep dive into the rich economic mobility literature. I’ll have more to… Read more
Read the intro to my new book, The Reconnection Agenda: Reuniting Growth and Prosperity, over at the WaPo PostEverything. Or better yet, download the whole damn book at let me know what you think. You can buy a hard copy–you know, with paper pages, here. [Here’s the cover, which I think is great, by Anthony… Read more
Recently, a number of economists and commentators have suggested that faster productivity growth would be a big way to boost the income of middle-class households. I’m all for faster productivity growth, though I’d argue no one knows how to reliably make it happen. But given the wedge of inequality between productivity and low and middle… Read more