Rising Economic Insecurity

Date: May 29, 2008

On Thursday, May 29, the Economic Policy Institute held a forum with noted authors, journalists and thinkers who will discuss their latest findings on the current challenges to American families’ economic security.

Links to audio, video, and a written transcript appear below

Louis Uchitelle
The New York Times

Veteran reporter Uchitelle covers business, labor, and economics. He was the lead reporter for the Times series “The Downsizing of America,” which won a George Polk Award in 1996. His recent book is The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences (Alfred A. Knopf) (available for purchase & signing at event).

Jacob Hacker
Professor of Political Science, Yale University, Institution for Social and Policy Studies

Elisabeth Jacobs
Fellow, Harvard University, Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality & Social Policy

Hacker and Jacobs will present and discuss their new study: “The Rising Instability of American Family Incomes, 1969-2004.”

Peter Gosselin
Los Angeles Times
National Economic Correspondent

Gosselin will discuss his new book, High Wire. The Precarious Financial Lives of American Families (Basic Books, June 2, 2008) (available for purchase and signing at event).

Brink Lindsey
Cato Institute, Vice President for Research

Author of The Age of Abundance:  How Prosperity Transformed America’s Politics and Culture. (Collins)

Audio, video, and transcript

Part 1: [listen/stream] [download MP3]

Part 2: [listen/stream] [download MP3]
Part 3: [listen/stream] [download MP3]

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Read a full written transcript

About the panelists
Jacob Hacker is professor of political science and resident fellow at Yale University’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and a fellow at the New America Foundation. His latest book is The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream, revised and expanded edition (Oxford University Press 2008).

Elisabeth Jacobs is a fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality & Social Policy at Harvard University, where she is a doctoral candidate. Currently a guest at the Brookings Institution, she is also the founder and director of New Vision, an institute for policy and progress.

Peter Gosselin began his journalism career at New York state’s smallest daily newspaper, the Catskill Daily Mail (circulation 4,007), and has worked at a half dozen papers, among them: the Boston Globe and the Providence Journal. He has won a variety of national awards including back-to-back George Polk awards for investigative reporting.