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High wire : the precarious financial lives of American families / Peter Gosselin.

By: Gosselin, Peter (Peter G.).
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Basic Books, c2009Description: x, 374 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780465013791; 0465013791.Other title: Precarious financial lives of American families.Subject(s): United States -- Economic policy | United States -- Social policy | Economic security -- United States | Households -- Economic aspects -- United States | Families -- Economic aspects -- United StatesDDC classification: 330.973 LOC classification: HC106.83 | .G67 2009
Contents:
Preface -- Introduction -- Benefits -- The numbers -- Jobs -- Unjobs -- The poor -- Housing -- Education -- Health -- Retirement -- New Orleans -- Methods.
Summary: The U.S. economy has had 25 years of some of the strongest, smoothest growth in its history--economists have even named it: "the Great Moderation." So why have so many of us arrived at the new century with a gnawing sense that events are moving against our families and ourselves? Drawing on interviews with hundreds of Americans and new statistics he developed, economics journalist Gosselin traces a quarter-century shift of economic risk from the broad shoulders of business and government to the backs of working people, a shift that has shaken the pillars of most families' lives--stable jobs, solid benefits, government protections. The change means that the benefits of growth come at greater peril, and your financial fall will be steeper if you stumble. This threat to working Americans' security--and what to do about it--is a pressing concern to economists, policy-makers, and everyone who works for a living.--From publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 335-365) and index.

Preface -- Introduction -- Benefits -- The numbers -- Jobs -- Unjobs -- The poor -- Housing -- Education -- Health -- Retirement -- New Orleans -- Methods.

The U.S. economy has had 25 years of some of the strongest, smoothest growth in its history--economists have even named it: "the Great Moderation." So why have so many of us arrived at the new century with a gnawing sense that events are moving against our families and ourselves? Drawing on interviews with hundreds of Americans and new statistics he developed, economics journalist Gosselin traces a quarter-century shift of economic risk from the broad shoulders of business and government to the backs of working people, a shift that has shaken the pillars of most families' lives--stable jobs, solid benefits, government protections. The change means that the benefits of growth come at greater peril, and your financial fall will be steeper if you stumble. This threat to working Americans' security--and what to do about it--is a pressing concern to economists, policy-makers, and everyone who works for a living.--From publisher description.

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Peter Gosselin is national economics correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and a member of the paper's Washington bureau. A visiting fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., he lives with his wife, reporter Robin Toner, and their two children in Washington, D.C.

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