Archive for the ‘Poverty’ Category

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

Puerto Rico by John Oliver

May 6th, 2016

Early next week, I’ll have a piece out on the ongoing debt crisis in Puerto Rico which strongly urges Congress to act before restructuring morphs into bailout. But in the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about this issue from the absolutely brilliant John Oliver. If only I could be 1/10th this entertaining when… Read more