The great majority of Americans are unlikely to struggle with developing world-level poverty. But many do struggle with joblessness, under-employment, energy prices, college costs, and the unevenness of the financial worlds in which they find themselves. For those of us who are prosperous (that would be most of us), a precarious economy lurks in the background like a predator, awaiting an opportunity to disrupt our lives.
How do we sort through it all? How can we make sense of the cacophony of contradictory voices in the marketplace of economic ideas? And how do we plan for the future economic well-being of our families in an era of great uncertainty?