Busboys and Poets
1025 5th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
Oct 18, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (GMT-5)
While the media and politicians hype debt crises, the real American economic crisis is continuing, devastating, high unemployment. In addition to the millions who are unemployed, the weakness of the labor market has made it impossible for most workers to achieve real wage gains.
As a result the benefits of the economic growth we have seen have gone overwhelmingly to the richest 1 percent. In Getting Back to Full Employment, Jared Bernstein, formerly the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, and Dean Baker, one of the first economists to recognize and warn of the risks of the stock and housing bubbles, focus readers' attention where it should be: getting more Americans jobs.
They show how the economic well-being of a large swath of American workers depends on the unemployment rate. Particularly in an era of historically high inequality, full employment would provide workers with the bargaining power needed to secure higher incomes and a fair share of the economy's growth.
Dean and Jared will be at Busboys and Poets to discuss and sign copies of the book. Find more information about the event here.