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America's Crisis of Work

Thursday April 2018

America faces a crisis of work. A half-century ago, 95% of men aged 25 to 54 held jobs. Today, only 85% do. Long-term joblessness is "the great American domestic crisis of the twenty-first century," argues Harvard economist Edward Glaeser, with the most affected communities surrendering to social despair and breakdown.

The political alienation of these communities fueled the populist anger of the 2016 presidential race, giving us Bernie Sanders's surprising rise on the left and, ultimately, President Donald Trump. Please join us for the first of two MI symposiums devoted to America's work crisis, based on the City Journal special issue, "The Shape of Work to Come."

Brian Anderson, Editor, City Journal


Ryan Avent, Senior Editor, The Economist
Edward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Kay Hymowitz, Senior Fellow, MI
Moderator: Steve LeVine, Future Editor, Axios