The State of Working Americaby Lawrence Mishel
"A comprehensive statistical portrait of the standard of living of working Americans. ... A very interesting and useful book. It presents a wealth of statistical information in a very accessible manner". -- Journal of
"This timely, useful publication organizes and elucidates enormous amounts of data important to assessing how well 'the American economy worked to provide acceptable growth to living standards for most households. . . .' Like earlier editions, this valuable compendium of evidence from academic journals and a notable array of government data series offers a predictably sobering assessment of living standards for most households, but the narrative is accompanied by adroit presentations that meticulously document source data. . . . Highly recommended."J. Gray, Choice (July 2013)
". . . one of the great values of this resource is that the numbers show clearly not only the ways in which neoliberal politicians have failed to raise the standard of living for most people, but also how neoclassical economics itself is deeply flawed. . . . The State of Working America is particularly valuable because the authors give you access to the data they use: you can download most of that from their website, and they provide an extensive methodological section. But the authors do not just show you data: they give you their analysis, putting the trends into context."Stephanie Luce, Against the Current (September/October 2013)
Meet the Author
Lawrence Mishel is the president of the Economic Policy Institute and its research director from 1987 to 1999. He is the coauthor of every edition of The State of Working America.
Josh Bivens has been an economist at the Economic Policy Institute since 2002. He is the author of Failure by Design: The Story behind America's Broken Economy and coauthor of The State of Working America, 12th Edition, both from Cornell.
Elise Gould is Director of Health Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute.
Heidi Shierholz is an economist at the Economic Policy Institute and coauthor of The State of Working America, 2008/2009 and The State of Working America, 12th Edition, both from Cornell.
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