Field Guide to the U. S. Economy A Compact and Irreverent Guide to Economic Life in America

ISBN-10: 1595580484
ISBN-13: 9781595580481
Edition: 2006 (Revised)
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Description: The twenty-first-century handbook to the myths and realities of the U.S. economy. Extensively revised and expanded with the most up-to-the-minute data, this new edition of the Field Guide to the U.S. Economy brings key economic issues to life,  More...

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 8/31/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 237
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

The twenty-first-century handbook to the myths and realities of the U.S. economy. Extensively revised and expanded with the most up-to-the-minute data, this new edition of the Field Guide to the U.S. Economy brings key economic issues to life, reflecting the collective wit and wisdom of the more than forty progressive economists affiliated with the Center for Popular Economics. User-friendly and accessible, the book covers a wide range of subjects, including workers, women, people of color, government spending, welfare, education, health, the environment, macroeconomics, and the global economy, as well as brand-new material on the war in Iraq, the Department of Homeland Security, lotteries, the prison-industrial complex, foreign aid, the environment, and pharmaceutical companies. This new edition includes cartoons or artwork on every page, along with a glossary and analytical tool kit to help readers along the way.

Acknowledgments
The Bottom Line
Owners
Who Owns How Much?
Very Rich, Getting Richer
What's Wealth Made Of?
The Color of Wealth
CEO Pay
They Didn't Do It Alone
Scraping By
Inequality Hurts
The Price of Influence
Dollar Democracy
Controlling Media
Corporate Crime
Multinational Goliaths
The 800-Pound Gorilla
Owner Activism
Worker-Owners
Workers
The Wage Treadmill
The Working Poor
The Minimal Minimum Wage
Raising the Floor
Unequal Pay
The College Premium
Shrinking Health Benefits
Rising Retirement Risk
Dangerous and Deadly Jobs
Job Insecurity
Jobless
The Ups and Downs of Unemployment
Underemployment
Contingent Labor
Who Belongs to Unions?
Unions at Work
Women
To Market, to Market ... but Not So Fast
Part-Time Patterns
Women Still Earn Less than Men
The Lifetime Earnings Gap
Pink-Collar Jobs
The Care Penalty
Glass Ceilings
Call a Lawyer
Mothers, Children, and Poverty
Deadbeat Dads
Unpaid Work
Time Crunch
The Demand for Child Care
Family Policies Around the World
Reproductive Rights and Wrongs
The Political Gender Gap
People of Color
Who We Are
Asian and Hispanic Diversity
Potential Citizens
Illegal Immigrants
Last Hired
Unemployment by Degrees
The Education Gap
More Menial Work
Wage Inequalities
The Color of Poverty
Doing Time
Children and Prison
Mothers on Their Own
Who's Raising the Kids?
Affirmative Action in Higher Education
Evidence of Discrimination
Government
How Big Is Government?
Government Spending Elsewhere
Where Federal Dollars Go
Expanding Holes in the Social Safety Net
National Security Priorities
Policing the World
Back in the Red
Borrowed Money
Shifting the Burden
Taking Home the Bacon, More and Less
Unfair Shares
Corporate Tax Loopholes
Buying Favors
Who Votes
Old Faithful
Real Solutions for Social Security
Welfare and Education
Family Income
Low-Income Households Get a Smaller Share
Defining Poverty
The Likelihood of Being Poor
Poverty Among Children and the Elderly
Poverty Hurts Kids
Welfare Farewell
Kid Care
Ending Child Poverty in the U.K.
Corporate Welfare
Bare Cupboards
Searching for Shelter
Mean Streets
Poor Schools for Poor Kids
The Price of College
Who Graduates from College?
Health
Hey, Big Spender
Spend More, Live Less
You Get What You Pay Double For
The Unhealthy Cost of Care
Earn More, Feel Better
Too Poor for Care
People of Color Lack Insurance
African American and Native American Children at Greater Risk
The Poor Pay More
Can't Afford a Kid
Mental Health
Medical Bankruptcy
Selling Sickness
R[subscript X] = Big Bucks
HIV/AIDS
Health Around the World
The Environment
Gifts of Nature
Jobs and the Environment
Toxic Neighbors
Environmental Health
Environmental Racism
Upper-Class Benefit Analysis
EPA SOS
Environmental Markets
When a Tree Falls...
Biodiversity Countdown
Down on the Farm
Sprawl
Black Gold
Dinosaurs on Our Backs
Hot! Hot! Hot!
Radiation to the Rescue?
Macroeconomics
The Ups and Downs of GDP
GDP Is Misleading
The Growth Record
Investing for the Future
Working Hard for Your Money
Profits in America
Inflation
The Story Behind the Fed
The Cost of Borrowing
Long Run, Short Run
Disappearing Banks
Deeper in Debt
Housing Bubble?
NASDAQ Boom and Bust
Unbalanced Trade
The Value of the Dollar
The Global Economy
Global Slowdown
Does Economic Growth Deliver?
World Poverty
The Consumption Gap
Cross-Border Migration
Brain Drain
Global Unemployment
Cheap Labor and Imports
Trade Transformation
Outsourcing
Tripped Up
Cancun Collapse
Have Profits, Will Travel
Foreign Direct Investment
Hot Money
Managing Capital
The Debt Trap
Global Assistance
Tookit
A Guide to General Sources
How to Read and Write Graphs
Means, Medians, and Other Measures
Real vs. Nominal: How to Use Price Indices
The Census Vocabulary: Families, Households, Persons, and Heads
What They Call Us: Racial and Ethnic Labels in Economic Data
Measuring Growth: What's Gross About Gross Domestic Product?
Uppers and Downers: The Business Cycle
A Guide to the Federal Budget
Poverty, the Poverty Line, and Quintiles
Glossary
Sources and Notes

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