I study the causes and consequences of living standards, poverty, inequality, mobility, employment, economic growth, social policy, taxes, public opinion, politics, and more in the United States and other rich longstanding-democratic countries. My books include The Good Society (lanekenworthy.net), Social Democratic Capitalism (2020), How Big Should Our Government Be? (2016, with Jon Bakija, Peter Lindert, and Jeff Madrick), Social Democratic America (2014), Progress for the Poor (2011), Jobs with Equality (2008), Egalitarian Capitalism (2004), and In Search of National Economic Success (1995).
In the News
Report for Commission on Living Standards, Resolution Foundation, 2011.
Argues that since the 1970s, government transfers and taxes have played a key role in ensuring that economic growth results in rising incomes for working-class and middle-class households.