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When Trade Treaties Pose a Sovereign Threat

October 2nd, 2014

I’m rushing out but allow me to refer you to this weedy but important piece from Harold Meyeson in this AMs WaPo (Harold has been on a real tear lately, writing with great depth and clarity about the nexus of policy and inequality). Harold’s piece is about these “Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions included in every significant trade… Read more

Wherein Both Delong and Fernald Confuse Me

September 22nd, 2014

Not hard to do–and nothing against either of those big brains–but I’m confuzzled by this post from Brad. The question–or at least one of the questions–is a) whether there’s hysteresis in play and b) whether reverse hysteresis can be invoked to repair some of the damage. I’m too rushed to go into explanations of terms… Read more

2013 poverty and income results: Rising tide lifts a few boats, but the levee needs work.

September 16th, 2014

They’re out and I’ve got an extensive analysis up at PostEverything. For here, some highlights. –The poverty rate fell more than I expected last year–down half-a-percentage point from 15% in 2012 to 14.5% in 2013. It was fully driven by a sharp decline in child poverty rate, which fell almost two percentage points, from 21.8%… Read more