Men Without Work

Men Without Work

America's Invisible Crisis

Book - 2016
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By one reading, things look pretty good for Americans today: the country is richer than ever before and the unemployment rate is down by half since the Great Recession--lower today, in fact, than for most of the postwar era.

But a closer look shows that something is going seriously wrong. This is the collapse of work--most especially among America's men. Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist who holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute, shows that while "unemployment" has gone down, America's work rate is also lower today than a generation ago--and that the work rate for US men has been spiraling downward for half a century. Astonishingly, the work rate for American males aged twenty-five to fifty-four--or "men of prime working age"--was actually slightly lower in 2015 than it had been in 1940: before the War, and at the tail end of the Great Depression.

Today, nearly one in six prime working age men has no paid work at all--and nearly one in eight is out of the labor force entirely, neither working nor even looking for work. This new normal of "men without work," argues Eberstadt, is "America's invisible crisis."

So who are these men? How did they get there? What are they doing with their time? And what are the implications of this exit from work for American society?

Nicholas Eberstadt lays out the issue and Jared Bernstein from the left and Henry Olsen from the right offer their responses to this national crisis.

For more information, please visit http://menwithoutwork.com.

Publisher: West Conshohocken, PA : Templeton Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781599474694
1599474697
Branch Call Number: 305.9069 Ebe
Characteristics: x, 206 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm.

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AL_SARAH Apr 13, 2017

A great introduction to a rarely-discussed crisis that is currently happening in America. This book provides a large number of statistics (including many detailed graphs). The book gives a few possible reasons as to why there are so many men who are neither working nor looking for work. However, the book does not discuss possible solutions to this problematic epidemic.

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StarGladiator
Dec 05, 2016

Horrible, horrid, vulgar piece of crap! The author, another stooge from the American Enterprise Institute [founded by the du Pont family, i.e., munitions, ani-free speech, pedophilia, et cetera], wants to blame the American workers for everything, of course, especially the younger ones. Not enough when Americans spend their last, absolute last penny looking for work, evidently this nimrod believes they will be able to obtain loans from the banksters to continue their endless and futile job searches. Not a book about the offshoring of America, nor the dismantling of the American economy, nor the replacement of the American worker with foreign visa replacement workers, nope, it's Blame The Worker Day!
[Interesting to note how many neocons, and neolibs [neocons who are too dishonest to say what they actually are] have attacked Trump for his efforts in keeping those Carrier Corporation jobs from being shipped out of the country - - imagine that! How dare any American [Trump or anyone else] interfere with the offshoring of America! Too many rotten American vermin claiming to be dems - - difficult, as there is no longer any real democratic party extant.]
Had this jackanape written an honest book, he would have mentioned that the dramatic growth in the Non-participation in the Work Force category allows the unemployment rate to appear so low, instead of accurately listing people as unemployed. The real unemployment rate is at least 20 percent! Artificially and amorally shrink the real number of unemployed people, and arithmetically the number or percentage of employed skyrockets! If reading this book, please also read the much more informative:
Sold Out, by Michelle Malkin and John Miano
Outsourcing America, by Ron Hira
The Surplus American, by Charles Derber

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