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Articles by Scott Winship

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...


The American Dream Is Not Dead

Scott Winship | 07/07/2014

Intergenerational mobility has emerged in recent years as a bipartisan policy priority. To the extent that upward mobility rates are low the health of the American Dream is called into question. However, there are many misperceptions about the state of economic mobility in the United States


Work-Promoting Safety Net Reforms Have Helped the Poor

Scott Winship | 06/20/2014

To a greater extent than we often admit, policy debates between left and right often run aground simply because we lack evidence sufficiently strong to adjudicate between competing arguments. So while one participant may convincingly beat back Claim A, the other retreats to Qualifier B or New Claim C. The empirical debate continues until Qualifier F is reached, at which point the honest response is often: “Maybe.”

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