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Jim Tankersley in Conversation With Amy Wang
August 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
For over a decade, Jim Tankersley, tax and economics reporter for The New York Times, has been on a journey to understand what the hell happened to the world’s greatest middle-class success story — the post-World War II boom that faded into decades of stagnation and frustration for American workers. In The Riches of This Land (PublicAffairs), Tankersley fuses the story of forgotten Americans — struggling women and men who he met on his journey into the travails of the middle class — with important new economic and political research, providing fresh understanding of how to create a more widespread prosperity. His analysis begins with the revelation that women and minorities played a far more crucial role in building the post-war middle class than today’s politicians typically acknowledge, and policies that have done nothing to address the structural shifts of the American economy that have enabled a privileged few to capture nearly all the benefits of America’s growing prosperity. At the culmination of his journey, Tankersley lays out specific policy prescriptions and social undertakings that can begin moving the needle in the effort to make new and better jobs appear. Tankersley will be joined in conversation by Amy Wang, editor at The Oregonian/OregonLive.