fun-with-comparative-politics

The government is the only reason U.S. inequality is so high

Before the government taxes people and/or sends them money, inequality in Sweden is as high as it is in the U.S. Then everything changes.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 5, 2013
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Fourteen countries that don’t have debt ceilings and are not on fire

It's not the most airtight of arguments, but it's worth noting that it's totally possible to (a) not have a statutory limit on government debt and (b) not be engulfed in flames.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 30, 2013
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The U.S. has a $7.25 minimum wage. Australia’s is $16.88

The U.S. and Japan are tied for lowest minimum wage as a share of the median.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 19, 2013
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The secret behind Israel’s dysfunctional political system

Israel's huge number of political parties is a notorious problem. Political science suggests the electoral system may be to blame.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 23, 2013
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