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Articles by Scott Winship

Workers Get The Same Slice of the Pie As They Always Have

Scott Winship | 12/17/2014

A couple of posts ago, I showed that when analyzed properly, hourly pay has risen just as much as productivity since 1947. The keys to getting the analysis right are to

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Expand Opportunity to Boost Growth

Scott Winship | 11/26/2014

Over human history, nothing has expanded opportunity more successfully than economic growth. Indeed, growth is nothing if not a machine to fulfill ever more of the wants and needs of ever more people. But economic growth alone has been insufficient for ensuring equal opportunity to benefit from growth or contribute to it.

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Are Democrats Out of Data Analysts?

Scott Winship | 11/20/2014

Ezra Klein recently took up the question of whether the Democratic party is out of ideas. I tend to agree with Yuval Levin that both the Left and the Right haven’t modernized their agendas. But there might be a more pressing problem for Democrats: Are they running out of rigorous, clear-headed data analysts, too?

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Steven Rattner’s Missing Case for Reducing Inequality

Scott Winship | 11/18/2014

Since Americans are less likely than Europeans to worry about inequality, it should come as no surprise that we redistribute less than in continental Europe. Rattner does not like that we distribute less than he would prefer and that our taxation levels—as progressive as in Europe—are lower than he wants. But the public does not share his preferences, and he has given them no reason to reconsider their views. 

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Income Inequality Is Good For The Poor

Scott Winship | 11/05/2014

A comparison of global data shows that developed countries with more income inequality have higher standards of living for the poor and middle class.

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Inequality Does Not Reduce Prosperity: A Compilation of the Evidence Across Countries

My findings cast doubt on claims that rising inequality is responsible for slowed income growth in America—and they suggest that attempts to reduce income inequality, in the U.S. and elsewhere, may not produce higher living standards among the poor and the middle class.

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Inequality Does Not Reduce Prosperity

Scott Winship | 10/29/2014

Since the Great Recession, inequality has loomed large in policy debates in the United States and around the world. Losses from the recession and the slow pace of recovery since have fueled concerns that inequality is not simply unfair but harmful. 

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Workers Are Getting Their Share of the Pie

Scott Winship | 10/20/2014

The charts used to demonstrate the supposed breakdown obscure the reality that productivity and hourly compensation continue to track each other. There are six rules for getting this depiction correct.

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Creator of Chart of Doom Defends Chart Badly and Casts Aspersions

Scott Winship | 10/06/2014

If you are going to accuse someone of cherry-picking data, you want to make sure your case is pretty solid. In particular, you don’t want to criticize them for being anti-empirical when your underlying case is based on an elementary methodological error related to basic math. Like Pavlina Tcherneva has done.

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The Inequality Non-Explainer, Explained

Scott Winship | 10/03/2014

Vox.com aspires, famously, to “explain the news” to its non-junkie readers. Matt Yglesias has written a response to my essay on inequality trends that is simply a bad-faith effort to discredit a set of facts he doesn’t like. He is not explaining the news, he is doing the opposite.

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