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
As I stressed on CNBC this AM, Chris Christie’s entitlement plan is not a good plan. It is instead a classic “key dangle” (“look over here, not over there!”), as the folks at Vox nailed yesterday, –While all the attention has been on benefit cuts for wealthier recipients, that part by itself does very little… Read more
I respond to Megan McArdle…it would appear that we have different reference points for evaluating living standards and even liberty!
Back in my White House daze, while helping out with an economics speech to be given by a top senior official, I suggested a sentence that had the word “distribution” in it in the context of income or tax policy or something. Not even “redistribution.” Needless to say, editors went ballistic—they didn’t just cross it out,… Read more