Crunch If the Economy's Doing So Well, Why Do I Feel So Squeezed?

ISBN-10: 1576754774
ISBN-13: 9781576754771
Edition: 2008
Authors: Jared Bernstein
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Is Social Security really going bust, and what does that mean to me? If I hire an immigrant, am I hurting a native-born worker? How much can presidents really affect economic outcomes? Why does the stock market go up when employment declines? What's a "living wage?" Why do I feel so squeezed? If you'd like to know the answers to these questions, premier economist Jared Bernstein is here to help. In "Crunch" he answers these as well as dozens of others he has fielded from working Americans by email, on blogs, and at events where he speaks. Chances are if there's a stumper you've always wanted to ask an economist, it's solved in this book.

Preface
Introduction: So What Is Economics, Anyway?
The Big Squeeze
Why Do I Feel So Squeezed?
Econ-Noir
All Is Not As It Appears: Measuring Economic Outcomes
Whatever Happened to the Cleavers?
The Health Care Squeeze
The Medical Industrial Complex
Health Care Reform
Poverty Amid Plenty: The Whats
Poverty Amid Plenty: The Whys
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
The ABCs of Worker Pay
What's So Bad About Inequality?
All Education, All the Time
Don't Know Much About GDP
Gross Domestic Product
Unemployment: Wall Street vs. Main Street
Underemployment
Making Better Doughnuts
Inflation
What's a Recession?
Blowing Bubbles
The Night of the Living Wage (and Other Scary Stories)
Your Textbook Got It Wrong
Political Economy 202
Social Insecurity
Economists in Chief
The Fed
The Budget Deficit (Part 1)
The Budget Deficit (Part 2, in Which a Nobelist Agrees with Me
The Economy and the Military
Guns or Butter
A New WPA?
"Please Remain on the Line"
The World Ain't Flat As All That
What's Right and Wrong About Globalization?
Outsourcing
The Conscience of a Shopper
World Trade
Globalization and Greed
How the Capitalists Killed Capitalism
Undocumented Workers
The Not-So-Great Immigration Debate
What's So Bad About a Labor Shortage?
The Mighty Dollar
Can Economists Save the Planet?
The Reconnection Agenda
Easing the Squeeze
Health Care
Immigration
Education
Globalization
What's Left?
Conclusion: The Lesson of the Rink
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author

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