Weird UBI Argument About Rents

I am not that interested in arguing about UBI on a day-to-day basis, but I’ve now seen one silly argument against it enough times that I feel compelled to intervene. The argument is this: In fact, workers may not even see much of the benefit of their UBI check: if their new gains are simply… Continue reading Weird UBI Argument About Rents

Why would rich disabled parents spoof their kid’s disability?

Terrence McCoy has a long piece in the Washington Post about multi-generational disability. Or, more accurately, a piece about one family McCoy spent a few days with. The only parts of the piece that try to quantify multi-generational disability make very little sense. Households with multiple family members on disability From the article: As the… Continue reading Why would rich disabled parents spoof their kid’s disability?

The Oddities of the EITC and Why We Should Think Twice About Its Further Expansion

Congressman Ro Khanna has adopted the idea of expanding the size of the Earned Income Tax Credit recently and attracted some media attention as a result (Lowrey at Atlantic; Ferenstein at Quartz and at Medium). The idea comes from a Neil Irwin piece at the New York Times, which the CBPP and Tax Policy Center… Continue reading The Oddities of the EITC and Why We Should Think Twice About Its Further Expansion