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James Livingston: Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers

Friday, March 01, 2019, 09:00am - 02:30pm

Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers

The Financialization of the American Economy

March 1, 2019, 9am-2:30pm

James Livingston, Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University

 This seminar will examine a series of questions regarding American Economic History: (1) The "financialization" of the economy: what does that mean, how does it operate, why does it matter?  (2) The origins of the Great Depression and the Great Recession: are the causes of these catastrophic events comparable?  Is another crisis on the horizon?  What can be done to prevent it, or manage it?  (3) The future of work: does it have one?  Have the robots and the computers already displaced us?  If so, is a Universal Basic Income the only way to sustain a reasonable standard of living?

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