Our book panel at CAP

May 28th, 2015 at 5:59 pm

I can’t speak for my own contributions, but I’m very proud of the panel we put together for a robust and freewheeling conversation of the Reconnection Agenda. Teresa Tritch, Jamelle Bouie, and Jennifer Erickson all made great contributions, and while the focus was growth, jobs, labor markets, finance, and full employment, we didn’t shy away from politics, either.

Here’s the video, and thanks to CAP for hosting.

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4 comments in reply to "Our book panel at CAP"

  1. Wondering says:

    I enjoyed the video, and I plan to read your book in the near future. Thanks.

    I do like the theme of reconnecting growth with solving inequality. I do agree than those who are looking for a statistical link between inequality and slow growth are going to have a hard time finding what they’re looking for. They’re asking the wrong question in my opinion. They’re asking a question as to how we can prove inequality slows growth, which is the wrong question. The right question is how to make our system work in a way that is compatible with democracy, whereby most people think it is a reasonable system that rewards work appropriately.

    Just an example of how the question is wrong: China has massive inequality and is growing like gangbusters. Clearly there’s a reason for that — many citizens are not a real part of their economy. We could achieve the same in the US if we are willing to go backward, pushing the low end back into subsistence and growing the remaining economy with only a subset of the population. But that would be completely inhumane and unstable.

    The answers don’t lie in the data itself.

  2. Tammy says:

    I wish you would not have tossed Barry Becker’s question to the other panelists simply because of your background in the social sciences. I think Becker’s question was an excellent question and this is where democrats–in general–are failing to do exactly what Jennifer Erickson addressed about being specific re policies that work and do not work[paraphrasing]: “We’ve done this and now where going to do that.”

  3. Tammy says:

    (Edit: You can tell I’m enjoying myself when I have edits and lots of them)

    Jared, I hope you know I respect your incredible stance on the front-lines of the inequality debate. This said, that was rather amusing considering you finished Jamelle Bouie thoughts for a solution – “naming a bad guy.” So what demographic group–exactly–doesn’t vote for their economic interests because of the social issues? I think the saying “A picture paints a thousand words” gets to the point.

    Thanks for a lesson in strategy. But, seriously, I very much enjoyed reading Chapter 5 and hope to read your book “The Reconnection Agenda.”

  4. Tammy says:

    I thought Teresa Tritch addressed Becker’s question wonderfully and she was very easy to understand.