Crunch

  • by Jared Bernstein
  • Narrated by Erik Synnestvedt
  • 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Is Social Security really going bust, and what does that mean to me? If I hire an immigrant, am I hurting a native-born worker? How much can presidents really affect economic outcomes? Why does the stock market go up when employment declines? What's a "living wage?" Why do I feel so squeezed? If you'd like to know the answers to these questions, premier economist Jared Bernstein is here to help. In Crunch, he answers these as well as dozens of other questions he has fielded from working Americans by e-mail, on blogs, and at events where he speaks. Chances are, if there's a stumper you've always wanted to ask an economist, it's solved in this audiobook.

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A little fruit and a whole lotta nuts

As a fan of data driven policy, I wanted to hear what Crunch had to say about American economics. Warning - This is a VERY partisan book. If you are a far left liberal and want to hear someone with some credentials tell you what you want to hear, you'll like this.

The overwhelming concensus of this book is that we can tax those with money to take care of all of our social needs. Unions good... free market bad! He often cites studies that have been debunked. For example, he leans heavily on the Card-Krueger study of minimum wage for its effects on unemployment. Google most studies you hear him talk about and you will find a convincing rebuttal.

He points out the disproportionate spending in America on health care, which DOES need to be fixed, but his kneejerk reaction is to advocate national healthcare for everyone! More government=solution.

Missing is any international analysis or reliance on regressions in states that provide health insurance.

He hits home on a few issues, but the answer to some issues IS more government control/spending... but that's his answer to everything... Yay, socialism!

The poor are victims and the rich are bastards. If you already believe this, you will find this book entertaining. You already have a mirror, though.
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- Hammer

Great Audible Addition

I've enjoyed Bernstein's writings for EPI, and share them with my students. Crunch is an excellent summary of many of the points that he has made, in an entertaining format. Who said an economist has to be dry and humorless?
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- William Milz "wmilz"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2008
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC