The Score

A monthly feature about the economy by Bryce Covert and Mike Konczal.

Raising the Minimum Wage Comes Cheap

Raising the Minimum Wage Comes Cheap Raising the Minimum Wage Comes Cheap

Studies overwhelmingly show that the effect of increasing the minimum wage on employment rates is basically zero.

Jun 14, 2024 / Editorial / Bryce Covert

You Deserve a 4-Day Workweek

You Deserve a 4-Day Workweek You Deserve a 4-Day Workweek

It’s time for Americans to claw their lives back from work.

Nov 24, 2023 / Editorial / Bryce Covert

Too Many Economists Thought This Was Impossible

Too Many Economists Thought This Was Impossible Too Many Economists Thought This Was Impossible

The increase in the number of people working has helped tamp down inflation and has shown the importance of aiming for full employment.

Oct 13, 2023 / Editorial / Mike Konczal

We Have the Solution to Child Poverty. Republicans Are Blocking It.

We Have the Solution to Child Poverty. Republicans Are Blocking It. We Have the Solution to Child Poverty. Republicans Are Blocking It.

The expansion of the child tax credits under the American Rescue Plan halved child poverty. When the policy ended, child poverty shot back up.

Sep 1, 2023 / Editorial / Bryce Covert

“Bidenomics” vs. “Reaganomics”

“Bidenomics” vs. “Reaganomics” “Bidenomics” vs. “Reaganomics”

What will it take for Biden’s economic agenda to transform the political landscape the way to Reagan’s did?

Jul 21, 2023 / Editorial / Mike Konczal

There’s No Reason Filing Taxes Should Be So Hard

There’s No Reason Filing Taxes Should Be So Hard There’s No Reason Filing Taxes Should Be So Hard

In early 2024, a few taxpayers will participate in a pilot project to file their taxes for free directly to the government. It’s a great start.

Jun 9, 2023 / Editorial / Bryce Covert

The Revolutionary Potential of the Inflation Reduction Act

The Revolutionary Potential of the Inflation Reduction Act The Revolutionary Potential of the Inflation Reduction Act

The direct-pay feature of the IRA creates an opportunity for the public sector to start building things again.

Apr 28, 2023 / Editorial / Mike Konczal

The Childcare Crisis Is Getting Worse

The Childcare Crisis Is Getting Worse The Childcare Crisis Is Getting Worse

When child care is unaffordable and unavailable, people can’t get to work—it’s mainly mothers who are held back.

Mar 23, 2023 / Editorial / Bryce Covert

The Tradeoffs in the Fight Against Inflation

The Tradeoffs in the Fight Against Inflation The Tradeoffs in the Fight Against Inflation

Living with inflation of a little over 2 percent for a short period would be worth it to keep the gains in the economy.

Feb 20, 2023 / Editorial / Mike Konczal

Republicans Are Consigning the Poor to Disease and Death

Republicans Are Consigning the Poor to Disease and Death Republicans Are Consigning the Poor to Disease and Death

The GOP is refusing to fund government programs that help people avoid getting Covid. And the uninsured will suffer the most.

Jan 6, 2023 / Editorial / Bryce Covert

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