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Articles by Scott Winship

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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