Matt O'Brien

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering economic affairs

Education: Harvard University, BA in History

Matt O'Brien was a reporter for Wonkblog covering economic affairs. He left The Post in July 2019.
Latest from Matt O'Brien

Trump is considering the most useless and regressive tax cut ever

63.1 percent of the benefits of indexing capital gains to inflation would go to the top 0.1 percent of households

June 28, 2019

Stephen Moore’s new cryptocurrency makes absolutely no sense

What does it even mean to be a central bank for cryptocurrencies?

June 26, 2019

This is the absolute worst economic theory in the history of theories

No, President Barack Obama, who took office in 2009, didn't cause the Great Recession, which began in 2007.

June 24, 2019

The economy has a lot more problems than just Trump’s trade war

The Fed is getting ready to cut interest rates with good reason.

June 20, 2019

The world economy is falling back into its post-crisis funk

The bond market seems to be forecasting the kind of low-growth, low-interest-rate equilibrium that just doesn’t leave you with much margin for macroeconomic error — and tends to require a lot of fiscal stimulus just to make things barely work.

June 14, 2019

It’s time to start worrying about the economy

The May jobs report was the clearest sign yet that the recovery might be in trouble.

June 7, 2019

Tariffs are about to do something remarkable. And awful.

Tariffs increase prices in the short-term, but they aren't inflationary in the long-term.

June 7, 2019

The Trump tax cuts are failing badly

The Trump tax cuts will give foreign investors almost as much money this year as the bottom 60 percent of American households combined

May 31, 2019

The real reason Trump is having so much trouble finding people for the Federal Reserve

Trump is looking for something that doesn’t exist: loyal Republicans who like low interest rates.

May 29, 2019

Europe says Spain’s economy is doing better than Germany’s. That’s absurd.

The nonsense idea that Spain’s economy doesn’t need any more help is really just an excuse not to help it.

May 21, 2019