Category Archives: Economics

Op-Ed: “The Tax Debate We Need”

Marshall Stienbaum, The Tax Debate We Need, Jacobin, October 20, 2017. [“Progressive taxation curbs the power of the wealthy – and that’s exactly why the Right hates it.”]

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Op-Ed: “Mathematics of Inequality”

Taylor McNeil, Mathematics of Inequality, Tufts Now, October 28, 2017. [“Boghosian runs the numbers and shows that without redistribution of wealth, the rich get richer and everyone else gets poorer.”]

Op-Ed: “Why Bureaucrats Don’t Seem to Care”

Bernardo Zacka, Why Bureaucrats Don’t Seem to Care, The Atlantic, October 12, 2017. [“A researcher’s reflection on eight months of observing workers at a anti-poverty agency”]

Op-Ed: “America’s Child-Poverty Rate Has Hit a Record Low”

Annie Lowrey, America’s Child-Poverty Rate Has Hit a Record Low, The Atlantic, October 5, 2017. [“It fell thanks to government policies, not the expansion of the economy…”]

Op-Ed: “The GOP House Budget: Another Assault on People in Poverty”

John Bouman, The GOP House Budget: Another Assault on People in Poverty, The Shriver Brief. [“The evidence is crystal clear: The federal safety net is working.”]

New Study: “Is the American Dream still affordable?”

Lynn Wombold, Is the American Dream still affordable, ESRI, 2017. [“The only known in this equation is that the hopes and dreams of Millennials will lead the way.”]

Op-Ed: “Payday Lending Faces Tough New Restrictions by Consumer Agency”

Stacy Cowley, Payday Lending Faces Tough New Restrictions by Consumer Agency, New York Times, October 5, 2017. [New agency rules look to curb predatory practices targeting the vulnerable.]

Op-Ed: “Inequality of opportunity: The cost of the American dream”

C.K., Inequality of opportunity: The cost of the American dream, The Economist, September 8, 2017. [“The idea that every American newborn has an equal opportunity to enjoy the good life is false.”]

Op-Ed: “African Americans are the only racial group in U.S. still making less than they did in 2000”

Heather Long, African Americans are the only racial group in U.S. still making less than they did in 2000, Washington Post, September 15, 2017. [“African Americans were worse off financially in 2016 than they were in 2000”]

New Article: “Fines, Fees, and Forfeitures”

Beth A. Colgan, Fines, Fees, and Forfeitures, SSRN, August 15, 2107.  Abstract below:

The use of fines, fees, and forfeitures has expanded significantly in recent years as lawmakers have sought to fund criminal justice systems without raising taxes. Concerns are growing, however, that inadequately designed systems for the use of such economic sanctions have problematic policy outcomes, such as the distortion of criminal justice priorities, exacerbation of financial vulnerability of people living at or near poverty, increased crime, jail overcrowding, and even decreased revenue. In addition, the imposition and collections of fines, fees, and forfeitures in many jurisdictions are arguably unconstitutional, and therefore create the risk of often costly litigation. This chapter provides an overview of those policy and constitutional problems and provides several concrete solutions for reforming the use of fines, fees, and forfeitures.