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Articles by Scott Winship

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?


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. 


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


The Inequality Non-Explainer, Explained

Scott Winship | 10/03/2014 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.


No, the Rich Are Not Taking All of the Economic Pie

Scott Winship | 09/30/2014

Let’s stipulate that income inequality is at staggering levels in the U.S., and that income concentration at the top has probably risen (probably). But is it true that the rich have “devoured the American economy”, that they have “conquered” it, or that “the rich aren’t just grabbing a bigger slice of the income pie—they’re taking all of it”?


S&P’s Fundamentally Flawed Inequality Report

Scott Winship | 08/06/2014

On Tuesday, Standard & Poor’s released a new research report entitled, “How Increasing Income Inequality Is Dampening U.S. Economic Growth, and Possible Ways to Change the Tide.” Despite its much-discussed conclusions, the report is fraught with flaws.

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