Archive for the ‘Poverty’ Category

Dylan Matthews’ critique of my UBI view is mistaken, but here’s a better one

July 24th, 2017

In pushing back on an argument against Universal Basic Income (UBI) plans, Dylan Matthews engages in a curious non-sequitur. Let me point out where he’s wrong but offer him a more salient contradiction in my position. Matthews, in defending the idea that “every American gets a basic stipend from the government,” quotes me as follows:… Read more

A look at a few recent articles that caught our attention: immigration, SNAP, ACA repeal.

February 16th, 2017

First, Eduardo Porter of the NYT wrote a controversial piece about the negative impacts of immigration (not Porter’s view–he’s reporting, not endorsing). I’ll have a lot more to say about the research in the piece, but to put it mildly, I’m unconvinced. The piece reports on research suggesting the increase in low-skill immigration has put… Read more

Strong job market, Obamacare helping to sharply lift low/middle-incomes and health coverage

September 13th, 2016

I’ve got a longer piece out at WaPo, but let me highlight a few things here re the Census Bureau’s release this AM of poverty, income, and health coverage data for 2015. Though these data are for last year and thus don’t move markets, they’re important as they provide a rare, granular look at the… Read more