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What Has Happened to the American Working Class Since the Great Recession?
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What Has Happened to the American Working Class Since the Great Recession?

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September 2021 | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Great Recession lasted from 2007 to 2009 and constituted one of the largest and longest economic downturns in U.S. history. It was followed by a period of economic expansion here termed the Long Recovery, which ended with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

These significant macroeconomic events affected socioeconomic groups in varying ways, and this volume of The ANNALS explores the effects of the Long Recovery on the working class particularly. Its papers examine what a decade of economic growth did for various groups of workers and consider how lessons from this period might be applied to current policy around the post-pandemic economic recovery. 
 

Jennifer Romich, University of Washington; Timothy Smeeding, University of Wisconsin- Madison; Michael R Strain, American Enterprise Institute
Introduction
 
Overview Papers
Jay C. Shambaugh, George Washington University and Michael R. Strain, American Enterprise Institute
The Recovery from The Great Recession: A Long, Evolving Expansion
Erica L. Groshen, Cornell University; and Harry J. Holzer, Georgetown University
Labor Market Trends and Outcomes: What Has Changed Since the Great Recession?
James P. Ziliak, University of Kentucky
Recent Trends in the Material Well Being of the Working Class in America
 
Population Outcomes
Douglas A. Webber, Temple University
A Growing Divide: The Promises and Pitfalls of Education for the Working Class
Keith Finlay, U.S. Census Bureau and Michael Mueller-Smith, University of Michigan
Justice-Involved Individuals in the Labor Market since the Great Recession
Leila Bengali, UCLA Anderson School of Management; Mary C. Daly, Olivia Lofton, and Robert G. Valletta, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
The Economic Status of People with Disabilities and their Families since the Great Recession
Randall Akee, University of California, Los Angeles
The Great Recession and American Indian and Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders
Ofronama Biu, Christopher Famighetti, and Darrick Hamilton, The New School
The Impact of Recessions on the Black Working and Professional Classes: Wages, Essential Work, and Occupational Safety Risks
Fenaba R. Addo, University of Wisconsin–Madison and William A. Darity, Jr., Duke University
Wealth, Race, and the Working Class from 2010–2019
Pia Orrenius, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and IZA and Madeline Zavodny, University of North Florida and IZA
How Foreign- and U.S.-Born Latinos Fare during Recessions and Recoveries
 
Institutional Outcomes
Julia R. Henly and Susan J. Lambert, University of Chicago; and Laura Dresser, University of Wisconsin–Madison
The New Realities of Working-Class Jobs: Employer Practices, Worker Protections, and Employee Voice to Improve Job Quality
Ryan Nunn, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Jennifer Hunt, Rutgers University
How Labor Market Institutions Matter for Worker Compensation
Yu-Ling Chang, University of California-Berkeley; Jennifer Romich, University of Washington; and Marci Ybarra, University of Chicago
Major Means-Tested and Income Support Programs for the Working Class, 2009–2019
Burt S. Barnow, George Washington University; Lois M. Miller, and Jeffrey A. Smith, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Workforce Entry Including Career and Technical Education
 
Pockets Of Success And Distress
Janet Currie, Princeton University and Hannes Schwandt, Northwestern University
The Opioid Epidemic Was Not Caused by Economic Distress, But by Factors that Could Be More Rapidly Addressed
Vincent A. Fusaro, Boston College; H. Luke Shaefer, University of Michigan; and Jasmine Simington, University of Michigan
Communities Moving Ahead, Falling Behind: Evidence from the Index of Deep Disadvantage
 
Policy Perspectives
Richard V. Burkhauser, Cornell University; Kevin Corinth, University of Chicago; Doug Holtz-Eakin, American Action Forum
Policies to help the working class in the aftermath of COVID-19: Lessons from the Great Recession
Gary Burtless and Isabelle Sawhill, Brookings Institution
Improving the Fortunes of America's Working Class

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