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Three pieces on why work requirements won’t work

April 16th, 2018

The Trump admin and their allies in Congress are trying to add work requirements to anti-poverty programs. A number of excellent sources explain why this won’t work, where “work” means help poor adults move closer to self-sufficiency. Of course, if the goal is to simply kick people of the rolls, which for some legislators, I’m… Read more

Some lynx: Unions, CBO’s new baseline, the Bernstein Rule…

April 9th, 2018

The teachers provide us with a teaching moment, over at WaPo. Their actions pose a stark reminder of the essential need for a strong, organized movement to push back on the forces promoting inequality, non-representative government, trickle down tax policy, and more. CBO released their updated “baseline,” or estimate of the US gov’t’s fiscal outlook…. Read more

Enough already with GDP growth…

April 2nd, 2018

Readers know I’ve long been noodling over measurement issues, whether it’s accurately measuring the economy’s capacity–and admitting we don’t have reliable, policy relevant gauges of potential GDP or a “natural rate” of unemployment–or maybe most importantly, measuring well-being versus growth. See this in today’s WaPo. Like David Pilling, whose book The Growth Delusion I highly… Read more