The State of Working America by Josh Bivens, Elise Gould, Lawrence Mishel, Heidi Shierholz (Paperback, 2012)
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- DescriptionFrom reviews of previous editions- The State of Working America remains unrivaled as the most-trusted source for a comprehensive understanding of how working Americans and their families are faring in today's ecomy. -Robert B. Reich It is the inequality of wealth, argue the authors, rather than new techlogy (as some would have it), that is responsible for the failure of America's workplace to keep pace with the country's ecomic growth. The State of Working America is a well-written, soundly argued, and important reference book. -Library Journal An indispensable work on family income, wages, taxes, employment, and the distribution of wealth. -New York Review of Books Since 1988, The State of Working America has provided a comprehensive answer to a question newly in vogue in this age of Occupy Wall Street: To what extent has overall ecomic growth translated into rising living standards for the vast majority of American workers and their families? In the 12th edition, Lawrence Mishel, Josh Bivens, Elise Gould, and Heidi Shierholz analyze a trove of data on income, jobs, mobility, poverty, wages, and wealth to demonstrate that rising ecomic inequality over the past three decades has decoupled overall ecomic growth from growth in the living standards of the vast majority. The new edition of The State of Working America also expands on this analysis of American living standards, most tably by placing the Great Recession in historical context. The severe ecomic downturn that began in December 2007 came on the heels of a historically weak recovery following the 2001 recession, a recovery that saw many measures of living standards stagnate. The authors view the past decade as lost in terms of living standards growth, and warn that millions of American households face ather decade of lost opportunity. Especially troubling, the authors stress, is that while overall ecomic performance in the decades before the Great Recession was more than sufficient to broadly raise living standards, broad-based growth was blocked by rising inequality driven largely by policy choices. A determinedly data-driven narrative, The State of Working America remains the most comprehensive resource about the ecomic experience of working Americans.
- Author BiographyLawrence Mishel is the president of the Economic Policy Institute and its research director from 1987 to 1999. He is the coauthor of every edition of The State of Working America. Josh Bivens has been an economist at the Economic Policy Institute since 2002. He is the author of Failure by Design: The Story behind America's Broken Economy and coauthor of The State of Working America, 12th Edition, both from Cornell. Elise Gould is Director of Health Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute. Heidi Shierholz is an economist at the Economic Policy Institute and coauthor of The State of Working America, 2008/2009 and The State of Working America, 12th Edition, both from Cornell.
- Author(s)Elise Gould,Heidi Shierholz,Josh Bivens,Lawrence Mishel
- PublisherCornell University Press
- Date of Publication15/11/2012
- SubjectEconomics: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleAn Economic Policy Institute Book
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintILR Press
- Content Noteblack & white line drawings, black & white tables, figures
- Weight714 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Edition Statement12th Revised edition
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