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Author Gosselin, Peter (Peter G.)

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

Imprint New York : Basic Books, c2008.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  330.973 G695h 2008    ---  Available
Description x, 374 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 335-365) and index.
Contents Preface -- Introduction -- Benefits -- The numbers -- Jobs -- Unjobs -- The poor -- Housing -- Education -- Health -- Retirement -- New Orleans -- Methods.
Note "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.
Subject United States -- Economic policy.
United States -- Social policy.
Economic security -- United States.
Households -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Families -- Economic aspects.
Added Title Precarious financial lives of American families
ISBN 0465002250 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780465002252 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Standard No. NZ1 12239851
CDX 6703951

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