Matt O'Brien

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Britain had a big boom, a big bust, and big austerity. But now its GDP is finally back to where it was in 2008.

  • Jul 25, 2014

Everybody can support an expanded EITC, prison sentencing reform, and occupational licensing reform.

  • Jul 24, 2014

Good news: long-term unemployment is falling fast, and it’s not because people are giving up.

  • Jul 24, 2014

The Fed chair won’t be investing in Yo anytime soon.

  • Jul 22, 2014

It’s not a conspiracy that some prices are increasing more than average. It’s just math.

  • Jul 20, 2014

The latest Republican plan would make the Fed explain why it’s not following the Taylor rule

  • Jul 18, 2014

No, inflation isn’t “really” 10 percent.

  • Jul 17, 2014

There’s little evidence that a stronger recovery will bring back discouraged workers.

  • Jul 15, 2014

Even excluding college students, there’s been a big increase in young people living at home

  • Jul 11, 2014

“Leaning against the wind” might cause more problems than it solves

  • Jul 10, 2014

Globalization is making Hollywood turn away from comedies and even more towards blockbusters.

  • Jul 7, 2014

The recovery looks like it might finally be picking up speed after it added 288,000 jobs in June.

  • Jul 3, 2014

Will Americans finally start returning to the labor force?

  • Jul 2, 2014

The economy’s potential output has fallen, in large part, because of too little stimulus.

  • Jul 1, 2014

Even though GDP fell 2.9 percent, employment and hours worked increased.

  • Jun 25, 2014

The Harvard professor thinks we shouldn’t worry about inherited wealth, because it will eventually trickle down.

  • Jun 24, 2014

The bigger the gap between the poor and the middle class, the more likely low-income kids are to drop out

  • Jun 20, 2014

Three takeaways from the Fed’s decision to cut its bond-buying -- and from the chair’s comments at her news conference.

  • Jun 19, 2014

Five years later, Europe’s private debt has barely come down.

  • Jun 17, 2014

A new report describes where the next housing bubble could be happening.

  • Jun 13, 2014
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About Matt

Matt O'Brien is a reporter for Wonkblog covering economic affairs. He was previously a senior associate editor at The Atlantic. You can find him on Twitter at @ObsoleteDogma.