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Articles by Scott Winship

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.


Would a Block-Granted Safety Net Mean Less Aid to Families?

Scott Winship | 08/01/14

The crucial point to remember is that if the critics of welfare reform—myself included—had succeeded in thwarting it, low-income families would have been worse off, not better off.


How Would Paul Ryan's Opportunity Grants Affect Poverty?

Scott Winship | 07/28/2014

In 1996, when President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (better known as “welfare reform”), I was a twenty-three-year-old liberal. After reading a series of ominous predictions about how poor single mothers would fare in the wake of welfare reform, I could not forgive this act of cruelty.


Paul Ryan's New Upward Mobility Plan

Scott Winship | 07/24/2014

Scott Winship's take on Paul Ryan's new plan to expand upward mobility. The War on Poverty aspired not simply to move people above an arbitrary threshold by putting cash in their pockets...

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