Mike Konczal is a fellow with the Roosevelt Institute, where he works on financial reform, unemployment, inequality, and a progressive vision of the economy. His blog, Rortybomb, was named one of the 25 Best Financial Blogs by Time Magazine. His writing has appeared in the Boston Review, The American Prospect, the Washington Monthly, The Nation, Slate and Dissent, and he’s appeared on PBS Newshour, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, CNN, Marketplace and more.
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The American Prospect, Full Employment Is the Best Social Program, October 8th, 2012.
The American Prospect, What the Heck Is Quantitative Easing?, September 19, 2012.
The Nation, How Paul Ryan Would Decimate the New Deal, September 12th, 2012.
Business Insider, The Complete Guide To America’s Jobs Crisis and the Failure of Monetary Policy Using Animated Gifs, September 11th, 2012.
Dissent, An Elite Like Any Other? Meritocracy in America, June 15, 2012.
Jacobin, Against Law, For Order, Spring 2012.
The Nation, Red States See Massive Public Sector Job Losses, March 27th, 2012.
How Mortgage Debt is Holding Back the Recovery, Roosevelt Institute. July 3rd, 2012.
The GOP’s State Project of Slashing the Public Workforce, Roosevelt Institute. March 27th, 2012. With Bryce Covert. (Featured on MSNBC.)
Women Laid Oﬀ, Workers Sped Up: Support Staﬀ Hold a Clue to the Gendered Recover, Roosevelt Institute. July 28th, 2011. With Bryce Covert.
Dramatic Job Revisions Bust Structural Unemployment Myths. Roosevelt Institute. May 1th, 2011.
The Boom Not The Slump: The Right Time For Austerity, Roosevelt Institute. August 23rd, 2010. With Arjun Jayadev.
The Stagnating Labor Market. Roosevelt Institute. September 19th, 2010. With Arjun Jayadev.
Getting the Best of Both Bills. Roosevelt Institute. June 11th, 2010.
Fed Up: Decoding Monetary Policy Matters. Netroots Nation 2011. June 16th 2011.
The Empire Strikes Back: The Fate of Wall Street Reform. Netroots Nation 2011. June 17th 2011 (Video).
Curbing Wall Street: The Next Stage. Netroots Nation 2010. (Video.)
CNN. Should We Go All in on the Volcker Rule? June 4th, 2012.
PBS Newshour. Can America’s Jobless Fill American Jobs?, September 2nd, 2011.
Last Word. Impact of Federal Reserve on Jobs, August 16th, 2011.
Marketplace. Weak Economy Overshadows Debt Deal. August 1st, 2011.
The Nation’s Breakdown. Are Financial Institutions Holding Our Economy Hostage?, April 22nd, 2011.
Marketplace. GE’s Immelt Leads Obama Economic Panel On Jobs. January 21st, 2011.
Raves and Reviews
“Rortybomb’s Mike Konczal…make you think everything else — from other bloggers to newspaper columnists to magazine articles — are lazy. Konczal is constantly applying new data sets and information to arguments in desperate need of empiricism. His comfort with the mathematical models and statistical wizardry that make most journalists blanch is married to an easy writing style and a pop-culture sensibility. He’s one of my daily reads, and he should be one of yours too.”
- Ezra Klein, Washington Post
“Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute, whose blog has become essential reading for anyone interested in financial reform…A number of people have asked for my own list of top finance/economics/whatever blogs. …I read Calculated Risk, Econbrowser, Rortybomb…”
- Paul Krugman
“In the end, the expected take-down came from finance whiz Mike Konczal, solidifying even further his status as the Italian Vogue of the econoblogosphere: the best that there is, read by everybody who matters, if nobody else.”
- Felix Salmon, Reuters
“Rortybomb has been a juggernaut of must-read commentary on regulatory reform this week. Just start at the top and read down.”
- Ryan Avent, Economist’s Free Exchange
“Mike is a bona fide financial engineer with the good sense to live in the San Francisco area, and is a natural with economics, finance, public policy, and the English language.”
- James Kwak, Baseline Scenario
“In two posts, the amazing Rortybomb tries to make sense of credit-card-pricing mysteries, including this one, using ideas we learned in finance class. Only his training in critical theory prevents a Scanners-style head explosion.”
- Steve Randy Waldman, Interfluidity
“A recent post and set of graphs from Mike Konczal, who maintains the excellent Rortybomb blog, drive this point home.”
- Andrew McAfee, Harvard Business Review