Job Numbers Distract From Ongoing Labor-Market Problems

President Trump used his State of the Union address to highlight America’s positive economic outlook. He drew particular attention to jobs, claiming to have fulfilled a core campaign promise on employment. And it’s true that the U.S. economy added over 2 million jobs in 2017 — surpassing many economists’ expectations. Indeed, there was widespread concern after the presidential election […]

GOP Poverty Plan Ignores the Evidence

One stated goal of the new poverty plan from House Speaker Paul Ryan and his House GOP colleagues is ensuring that our anti-poverty policies are “evidence-based.” That’s a laudable goal.  Unfortunately, the plan itself ignores the large amount of evidence that we already have about the effectiveness of some of our most powerful anti-poverty tools, including SNAP (formerly food […]

A Big Safety Net and Strong Job Market Can Coexist. Just Ask Scandinavia.

It is a simple idea supported by both economic theory and most people’s intuition: If welfare benefits are generous and taxes high, fewer people will work. Why bother being industrious, after all, if you can get a check from the government for sitting around — and if your choice to work means that much of […]