Joseph Coletti

Senior Fellow

Posts by Joseph Coletti (page 33)

  • How out-of-wedlock birth became typical

    Super-intern Jordan Roberts and I have spent the last month understanding TANF in North Carolina. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program was the creation of welfare reform 20 years ago. It replaced the much-maligned Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with a federal block grant to complement state…
    Joseph Coletti, August 8, 2017
  • Stadiums are liabilities

    Julie Tisdale, in her newest report on competing bids to bring Major League Soccer to North Carolina,  highlights one of the big mistakes people make when considering buildings, roads, and other infrastructure. Usually, under publicly funded stadium plans across the country, the city or county retains ownership of the…
    Joseph Coletti, August 4, 2017
  • Mortgage Interest Deduction

    Jonathan Gruber may not have the best reputation for open and honest policy-making because of his role in creating ObamaCare, but he continues to provide interesting economic analysis. His latest working paper finds that the mortgage interest deduction does little to promote home ownership. Instead, it induces people to…
    Joseph Coletti, July 24, 2017
  • Fewer taxpayers in 2019

    A new Fiscal Research Division analysis finds that increasing the standard deduction in 2019  means 230,000 more people will not owe state income taxes than in 2012, before tax reform began. Compared to this year, 95,000 more people will have no tax liability.
    Joseph Coletti, July 20, 2017
  • Life beyond legislation

    Russ Roberts is one of the most thoughtful and articulate economists around, whether in rap videos, animated poems, novels, or his weekly EconTalk podcast. A recent conversation he had with Martha Nussbaum on Alexander Hamilton and the choice between service and power, eventually led to this well-phrased reminder on the meaning…
    Joseph Coletti, July 19, 2017
  • Evidence can’t always inform policy

    Oren Cass, writing in National Affairs, articulates some of  the difficulties in basing policy on evidence, and includes examples from the Oregon health insurance experiment, the stimulus effect on unemployment, and other challenges of deciding what counts as evidence. I learned some of these lessons while leading the NC Government…
    Joseph Coletti, July 12, 2017
  • Still no budget crisis

    Back in April, we looked at a report on the long-term impact of the Senate’s proposed tax cut and concluded that there was no budget crisis on the horizon. A new look at the budget over the next five years means we need to reiterate the same points. A…
    Joseph Coletti, July 11, 2017
  • Jobs out of poverty

    What matters to poor people? H. Luke Schaeffer and Kathryn J. Edin took the unusual step of asking them. Schaeffer explained We ask families, “If we came back in a year and you were doing really well, what it would look like?” They say, “I’d be working in a…
    Joseph Coletti, June 28, 2017