Falling Behind: How Rising Inequality Harms the Middle Class / Edition 1

Falling Behind: How Rising Inequality Harms the Middle Class / Edition 1

by Robert Frank
     
 

Although middle-income families don't earn much more than they did several decades ago, they are buying bigger cars, houses, and appliances. To pay for them, they spend more than they earn and carry record levels of debt.
In a book that explores the very meaning of happiness and prosperity in America today, Robert Frank explains how increased concentrations of

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Overview

Although middle-income families don't earn much more than they did several decades ago, they are buying bigger cars, houses, and appliances. To pay for them, they spend more than they earn and carry record levels of debt.
In a book that explores the very meaning of happiness and prosperity in America today, Robert Frank explains how increased concentrations of income and wealth at the top of the economic pyramid have set off "expenditure cascades" that raise the cost of achieving many basic goals for the middle class. Writing in lively prose for a general audience, Frank employs up-to-date economic data and examples drawn from everyday life to shed light on reigning models of consumer behavior. He also suggests reforms that could mitigate the costs of inequality. Falling Behind compels us to rethink how and why we live our economic lives the way we do.

Copub: Russell Sage Foundation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520252523
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/09/2007
Series:
Wildavsky Forum Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1.
Introduction
2. Recent Changes in
Income and Wealth
Inequality
3.
Inequality, Happiness, and Health
4. Envy or Context?
5. The Rising Cost of Adequate
6. Why Do We Care about Rank?
7. What Types of Consumption Are Most Sensitive to Context?
8. How Can Middle-Class Families Afford to Keep Up?
9. Smart for One, Dumb for All
10. Looking Ahead
11. Lessons for Public Policy
12. Reflections

Notes
References

Index

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