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What can explain the decline in labor force participation among U.S. working class men, as well as their rising rates of suicide and overdose? Kathryn Edin, co-author of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, examines issues playing a decisive role in our national discussion. Through the use of ethnographic and demographic data, she looks at the increasingly tenuous ties of the working class to work, family, and religion, plus white men’s perceptions that they have fewer prospects than their fathers did. Edin, a professor at Princeton University, gives the Second Annual Lee Rainwater Lecture.
Presented with the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality.