In this lively and irreverent tour through everyday economic mysteries, premier economist Jared Bernstein helps readers decode economic 'analysis', navigate through murky ethical quandaries, and make sound economic decisions that reflect their deepest aspirations for themselves, their families, and their country. Chances are, if there's a stumper you've always wanted to ask an economist, it's solved in this book. Think of it as a chance to hang out with someone who likes to tackle everyday mysteries and promises to try to answer you straight, no jargon allowed. So go ahead: fire away. You and your fellow citizens will be glad you asked.
Jared Bernstein is senior fellow and director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. His areas of research include income and wage inequality, technology's impact on wages and employment, low-wage labour markets and poverty, minimum wage analysis, and international comparisons. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Columbia University and lives in Washington, DC.