The average income of middle-class families has been on the rise for decades, but some experts say the economy that made this possible has also transferred risk from government and businesses to those same Americans. A look at the rewards and risks of today’s economy.


  • Jacob Hacker associate professor of political science at Yale University, fellow at the New America Foundation, and author of a forthcoming book entitled “The Great Risk Shift"
  • William Niskanen chairman of the Cato Institute and former acting chairman of President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers
  • Peter Gosselin national economics reporter, "Los Angeles Times", and author of "HIGH WIRE. The Precarious Financial Lives of American Families:

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