(A new addition to OTE, summing up the posts of the past week.)
- Multiple reactions to SCOTUS ACA decision: delivering an initial reaction, examining the Medicaid expansion limitation, and sizing up some nonsensical tax attacks.
- Considering the safety net, health care, and work supports: looking forward, the growth in safety-net spending as a share of the economy is largely a health care story, and shoving people into the low-wage labor market without a lifeline isn’t a viable solution.
- Praising economist Alan Blinder’s thoughtful WSJ column: How come the classic argument for more stimulus now followed by a balanced fiscal deal sounds so reasonable when he says it?!
- Interviewing Nobel Laureate economist Joe Stiglitz on his excellent new book, The Price of Inequality.
- Some research on the safety net and any labor supply impacts it engenders: examining these programs’ generational effects on later employment and earnings, and testifying before a House Ways and Means subcommittee on any work disincentives associated with the design of safety net programs.
- A cavalcade of fun for housing nerds wherein I ask if the housing market is finally, maybe carving out a bottom.
- OTE, LIVE!: discussing the gap between the real compensation of middle-wage workers and productivity growth with the great labor economist Larry Mishel of EPI.
Music: Jimi Hendrix talkin’ bout Freedom on this week’s Friday Musical Interlude.
Bonus: Tea Partiers conduct a war on bike rides?!