×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

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

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

by Center for Popular Economics
 

See All Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 1565845781

ISBN-13: 9781565845787

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: New Press, The

The Ultimate Field Guide to the U.S. Economy is the latest version of “the best and . . . least solemn guide to the dismal science you are likely soon to encounter” (John Kenneth Galbraith), revised and expanded with the most recent data. The book brings key policy issues to life, reflecting the collective wit and wisdom of the best economic

Overview

The Ultimate Field Guide to the U.S. Economy is the latest version of “the best and . . . least solemn guide to the dismal science you are likely soon to encounter” (John Kenneth Galbraith), revised and expanded with the most recent data. The book brings key policy issues to life, reflecting the collective wit and wisdom of the best economic literacy activists in the country. The Ultimate Field Guide tells you what you need to know about owners, workers, welfare and education, government spending, health, environment, macroeconomics, and the global economy. New charts on the increasing inequality of income and the deterioration of the natural environment point to problems facing the twenty-first century. Lively illustrations and wry cartoons make this book easy to read and hard to put down.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565845787
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments9
The Bottom Line10
Chapter 1Owners12
1.1Who Owns How Much?14
1.2Very Rich, Getting Richer15
1.3What the Wealthy Own16
1.4The Color of Wealth17
1.5The Richest People in the World18
1.6Gross Inequalities19
1.7Born on Third Base20
1.8CEO Pay21
1.9Scraping By22
1.10Who Gets Money from What?23
1.11The Price of Influence24
1.12Dollar Democracy25
1.13Controlling Media26
1.14Mega-Mergers27
1.15Multinational Goliaths28
1.16Worker Owners29
Chapter 2Workers30
2.1Who's in the Labor Force?32
2.2Bye-bye Factory Jobs33
2.3The Wage Treadmill34
2.4Skimpy Paychecks35
2.5Tough Luck, Kids36
2.6The Minimal Minimum Wage37
2.7Shrinking Benefits38
2.8Unequal Pay39
2.9The Working Poor40
2.10Living Wage Campaigns41
2.11Underemployment42
2.12Jobless in 199843
2.13The Ups and Downs of Unemployment44
2.14Downsizing45
2.15Who Belongs to Unions?46
2.16The Comeback Kid47
Chapter 3Women48
3.1Most Women Earn a Wage50
3.2Married-Couple Families Are Less Common51
3.3Women Still Earn Less Than Men52
3.4Equal Work, Unequal Pay53
3.5Nice Work if You Can Get It54
3.6Glass Ceilings55
3.7Pink-Collar Jobs56
3.8The Care Penalty57
3.9Mothers, Children, and Poverty58
3.10Deadbeat Dads59
3.11Working Parents60
3.12Work/Family Conflicts61
3.13The Demand for Child Care62
3.14Family Policies in Europe63
3.15Safe Sex64
3.16Reproductive Rights and Wrongs65
Chapter 4People of Color66
4.1Who We Are68
4.2Asian and Latino Diversity69
4.3New Citizens70
4.4Neighborhoods in Black and White71
4.5Last Hired72
4.6Unemployment by Degrees73
4.7The Education Gap Persists74
4.8More Menial Work75
4.9Wage Inequalities76
4.10The Color of Poverty77
4.11Doing Time78
4.12Marriageable Men79
4.13Women Maintaining Families80
4.14Who's Raising the Kids?81
4.15Lending Discrimination82
4.16Affirmative Action83
Chapter 5Government84
5.1How Big is Government?86
5.2Government Spending Elsewhere87
5.3Where Federal Dollars Go88
5.4The Fate of Social Spending89
5.5Stealth Bombers Don't Trickle Down90
5.6Policing the World91
5.7Back in the Black92
5.8Borrowed Money93
5.9Who Pays the Taxes?94
5.10Unfair Shares95
5.11Taxing Business96
5.12Buying Favors97
5.13Declining Democracy98
5.14Corporate Welfare99
5.15Is Social Security Going Broke?100
5.16Social Security or Insecurity?101
Chapter 6Welfare and Education102
6.1Family Income104
6.2Low-Income Households Get a Smaller Share105
6.3Defining Poverty106
6.4The Likelihood of Being Poor107
6.5Poverty Among Children and the Elderly108
6.6Poverty Hurts Kids109
6.7Handouts for the Affluent110
6.8Welfare Farewell111
6.9From Welfare to What?112
6.10Bare Cupboards113
6.11Searching for Shelter114
6.12Mean Streets115
6.13Kid Care116
6.14Poor Schools for Poor Kids117
6.15The Price of College118
6.16Who Graduates from College?119
Chapter 7Health120
7.1Hey, Big Spender122
7.2Spend More, Live Less123
7.3Look Who's Paying124
7.4Poor People Pay More125
7.5The Unhealthy Cost of Care126
7.6A Day in the Hospital127
7.7It Pays to Specialize128
7.8R[subscript X] = Big Bucks129
7.9Earn More, Feel Better130
7.10Too Poor for Care131
7.11People of Color Lack Insurance132
7.12African-American Children at Greater Risk133
7.13Managing Care134
7.14HMO Woes135
7.15Health Around the World136
7.16AIDS137
Chapter 8Environment138
8.1GDP is Misleading140
8.2Gifts of Nature141
8.3Toxic Polluters142
8.4Taking Out the Trash143
8.5Environmental Racism144
8.6Hazardous Wastes145
8.7Septic Streams146
8.8Environmental Industries147
8.9The EPA is Weak148
8.10Free-Market Environmentalism149
8.11On the Road Again150
8.12Energy Hogs151
8.13When a Tree Falls...152
8.14Endangered Species153
8.15Acid Rain Goes East154
8.16The Global Greenhouse155
Chapter 9Macroeconomics156
9.1Slower Growth158
9.2Dividing the Pie159
9.3The Ups and Downs of GDP160
9.4Business Cycles161
9.5Sagging Productivity162
9.6Profits in America163
9.7Business Failures164
9.8Merger Mania165
9.9The Cost of Borrowing166
9.10The Story Behind Interest Rates167
9.11Disappearing Banks168
9.12The Changing Face of Finance169
9.13Keeping Up With the Dow Jones170
9.14Debt Trap171
9.15Investing for the Future172
9.16Unbalanced Trade173
Chapter 10The Global Economy174
10.1Global Slowdown176
10.2Unemployment Elsewhere177
10.3Cross-Border Conglomerates178
10.4Have Profits, Will Travel179
10.5Trade Transformation180
10.6Cheap Labor and Imports181
10.7Trade, Women, and Work182
10.8Export Processing Zones183
10.9Foreign Direct Investment184
10.10Fair-Weather Finance185
10.11High-Speed Investment186
10.12The Euro187
10.13Global Free-For-All188
10.14International Meltdown189
10.15Devaluation Hits Home190
10.16Crying for Food191
10.17The Consumption Gap192
10.18Does Economic Growth Deliver the Goods?193
Toolkit194
T.1A Guide to General Sources194
T.2How to Read and Write Graphs198
T.3Means, Medians, and Other Measures199
T.4Real vs. Nominal: How to Use Price Indices199
T.5The Census Vocabulary: Families, Households, Persons, and Heads201
T.6What They Call Us: Racial and Ethnic Labels in Economic Data202
T.7Measuring Growth: What's Gross About Gross Domestic Product?203
T.8Uppers and Downers: The Business Cycle204
T.9A Guide to the Federal Budget205
T.10Poverty and the Poverty Line205
Glossary207
Sources213

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews