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New Census data show that low-income people are responding as they always do to tight labor markets…by working!

September 12th, 2018

One of the particularly frustrating, fact-free aspects of the conservative push to add (or ramp up) work requirements in anti-poverty programs like Medicaid or SNAP is that low-income people who can do so are already working hard. Moreover, as the job market tightens, they respond to tightening conditions. Using the new Census data, Kathleen Bryant… Read more

Poverty and middle-class income data out tomorrow morning

September 11th, 2018

It’s that time of year again, when the Census Bureau releases its poverty, income, and health-insurance coverage data for 2017. I’ll get a write-up out as soon as I can after the 10am data release, but be forewarned: these data are more complicated and a lot less standardized than, say, the BLS jobs data. So, it… Read more

A couple of economists respectfully disagree on the politics of policy in the age of Trump and the new socialists

September 9th, 2018

Belle Sawhill is an economist I greatly admire, so I carefully read her Twitter-thread critique of a piece I recently posted in the WaPo. My piece makes the case that technocratic policy wonks, like Belle and me, should not be overly critical of ambitious, even unrealistic, policy proposals by the new socialists. True, they often… Read more