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Crunch by Jared Bernstein

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5 The Reconnection Agenda

So, you want to change the world?

Certainly there has been a strong critical strain in much of this book. Yet I’ve tried to stress the tremendous potential of our economy to lift the living standards of the broad majority. It is well within our means to loosen the squeeze, unpack the crunch, and reconnect the growth of incomes across the income scale to that of productivity growth, and not just for a couple of quarters. This reconnection of growth and shared prosperity needs to be the central goal of economic policy, and each idea below was conceived of (and not necessarily by me) in that spirit.

When choosing the policy ideas proposed here, I’ve employed one other selection criterion: Each is under discussion in some ...

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