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Anyone who is a true advocate for the middle class must accept a little class warfare

The American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, wrote a position paper arguing that Americans are saving a lot more for retirement than a Pew study showed. The AEI objected to the sort of media reports about the Pew study saying,

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The State of The USA is mmutilitarian

The State of The USA is an organization that receives federal funding with the mission to measure “the nation’s progress… with the best quality measures and data on the most important issues facing the country” by creating a “Key National

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The State of the USA is… Unclear

Jon Gertner wrote a great article about the history of GDP and other social welfare indicators on the New York Times.  The occasion for the article was a new “challenge to the G.D.P. …known as State of the USA” which was

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History of GDP

In 2010, Jon Gertner at the NYT published an excellent history of the idea of GDP and its deficiencies.  One paragraph mentions that median income is better than GDP, but  the article focuses more on a “willfully obscure” initiative called

Posted in MELI & Econ Stats

Rising house sizes are NOT an accurate measure of wellbeing

AEI employees, James Pethokoukis and Mark J. Perry, both wrote separate arguments that Americans are “substantially better off” now than in the 1970s because, as Pethokoukis titles his essay, “The median US home is 61% larger than 40 years ago.”

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Median living standards would be higher and inequality would be lower with better zoning regulations

Kevin Erdmann at Idiosyncratic Whisk has done a number of analyses using median income. For example, below are two graphs showing an analysis of the distribution of median income across US metropolitan areas. The three lines on the graphs show that

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Celebrate the highest median earnings in American history (unless your money comes from owning rather than from working.)

The BLS released data Thursday showing that real median full-time workers reached all-time high earnings last year: $347/week. This is cause for celebration, but realistically, it is only 3.5% higher than it was in the 1970s so it is pretty

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