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Author Bernstein, Jared.
Title Crunch : why do I feel so squeezed? (and other unsolved economic mysteries) / Jared Bernstein.
Imprint San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008.
Edition First edition.

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Author Bernstein, Jared.
Series A BK currents book
BK currents book.
Subject Cost and standard of living -- United States.
Fiscal policy -- United States.
Income distribution -- United States.
United States -- Economic policy -- 2001-2009.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 225 pages) : illustrations.
polychrome rdacc
Edition First edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-220) and index.
Contents Preface -- Introduction : So what is economics, anyway? -- 1. The big squeeze -- Why do I feel so squeezed? -- Econ-noir -- All is not as it appears : measuring economic outcomes -- Whatever happened to the Cleavers? -- The health care squeeze -- The medical industrial complex -- Health care reform -- Poverty amid plenty : the whats -- Poverty amid plenty : the whys -- Brother, can you spare a dime? -- The ABCs of worker pay -- What's so bad about inequality? -- All education, all the time -- 2. Don't know much about GDP -- Gross domestic product -- Unemployment : Wall Street vs. Main Street -- Underemployment -- Making better doughnuts -- Inflation -- What's a recession? -- Blowing bubbles -- The night of the living wage (and other scary stories) -- Your textbook got it wrong -- 3. Political economy 202 -- Social insecurity -- Economists in chief -- The fed -- The budget deficit (part 1) -- The budget deficit (part 2, in which a Nobelist agrees with me) -- The economy and the military -- Guns or butter -- A new WPA? -- "Please remain on the line."
4. The world ain't flat as all that -- What's right and wrong about globalization? -- Outsourcing -- The conscience of a shopper -- World trade -- Globalization and greed -- How the capitalists killed capitalism -- Undocumented workers -- The not-so-great immigration debate -- What's so bad about a labor shortage? -- The mighty dollar -- Can economists save the planet? -- 5. The reconnection agenda -- Easing the squeeze -- Health care -- Immigration -- Education -- Globalization -- What's left? -- Conclusion : the lesson of the rink -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- Index -- About the author.
Summary Helps readers decode economic "analysis", navigate through murky ethical quandaries, and make sound economic decisions that reflect their deepest aspirations for themselves, their families, and their country.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781576755501 (electronic bk.)
1576755509 (electronic bk.)
9781605097718 (electronic bk.)
1605097713 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 471127297
Additional Format Print version: Bernstein, Jared. Crunch. 1st ed. San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008 9781576754771 (DLC) 2007046441 (OCoLC)156834521

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