One should always be wary of simple solutions to complex problems, and universal basic income is no exception. The fact that this answer to automation and globalization has been met with such enthusiasm indicates a breakdown not in the economic...
In the last week alone, we reviewed two studies that assessed gender inequality by comparing outcomes between female- and male-headed households. This was surprising to us, as it seems an outdated approach. We thought it would be worthwhile to make...
In Africa, where widowhood and divorce are common and the rights of women are mostly conditional on marriage, changes in marital status are likely to influence the success of policies aimed at empowering women.
Martin RavallionThese findings that some religion-based institutions--in this case Muslim institutions in Nigeria--offer protection to widows who would otherwise face severe hardship gives us hope that government policies could also do so, even in poor countries.
As the agency’s ability to audit the rich crumbles, its scrutiny of the poor has held steady in recent years. Meanwhile, a new study shows that audits of poor taxpayers make them far less likely to claim credits they might be entitled to.
Amid attacks on several food security programs from the Trump administration, this proposed change could ignite yet another debate about where we draw the line.
Martin RavallionGood summary of debates on US poverty line, and Trump Admin's plans for changing the inflation adjustment, with the clear aim of cutting relief to poor people. One extra point: Mollie Orshansky wanted her line to be updated in real terms. Never happened.
The larger meaning of the surprise Morehouse gift.
Martin RavallionI was wondering how long it would take for someone to point out that the assignment of Morehouse's gift was not random. Imagine the scene, and public response, if he had randomized at the commencement speech!