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Pocketbook Pressures: Who Benefits from Economic Growth? (NIF Report)

This 1996 report assembled by Doble Research Associates examines the results from National Issues Forums examining the state of the economy and how it affects citizens.  Find more details & order info on the NIF website.  From the report…

This year, one of the issues that citizens discussed was Pocketbook Pressures: Who Benefits from Economic Growth?  In these forums, participants felt strained and uncertain about the future despite low inflation, low interest rates, and low unemployment. They said the middle class is shrinking, high-paying manufacturing and white collar jobs are being replaced by lower-paying service-sector jobs and, if trends continue, the gap between the haves and have-nots will grow resulting in more social problems from the growing numbers of poor people.  Participants formed two groups. One group, mainly white men, said the problem stems from an eroded work ethic and that those who are not doing well are not working hard enough. Others, primarily women and minorities, said three of the cardinal principles of a free enterprise economy are no longer true for millions of Americans. Both groups agreed we must do more to make sure all people have an opportunity to succeed.

More about National Issues Forums and their Reports on the Issues…

The National Issues Forums (NIF) network includes civic, educational, and other organizations, and individuals, whose common interest is to promote public deliberation in America. NIF issue guides introduce participants to several choices or approaches to consider. Rather than conforming to any single public proposal, each choice reflects widely held concerns and principles. Panels of experts review manuscripts to make sure the choices are presented accurately and fairly. Look through all the NIF issue guides and their corresponding moderator guides, DVDs, and other resources at www.nifi.org/issue_books.

Reports are published periodically to communicate the outcomes of forums held across the nation about a particular issue. Making use of participants’ answers to forum questionnaires, reports from moderators, and in-depth studies of selected forums, these reports describe in some detail what happened as people deliberated about the issue at hand. View all NIF Reports on the Issues at www.nifi.org/reports/issues.aspx.

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