Vice President Joe Biden Hosts Leading Scholars to Discuss the Challenges Facing America’s Middle Class in the 21st Century Economy

Vice President Joe Biden, Chair of the White House Task Force on Middle Class Families, will host a panel of leading scholars to discuss the unique challenges facing America’s middle class in the 21st century economy.

The Vice President and the expert panel will discuss the many economic developments and trends affecting middle-class families, including changes to the overall labor market in recent decades, shifting gender roles and the need for work-life balance in today’s economy, economic inequality and mobility, and the increased gap between productivity and wages.

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Introduction:
Sarah Rosen Wartell, Executive Vice President, Center for American Progress

Featured Speakers:
Melody Barnes, White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council
Lawrence Mishel, President, Economic Policy Institute
Heather Boushey, Senior Economist, Center for American Progress
Jim Kessler, Vice President for Policy, Third Way
Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow on Economic Studies, Brookings Institution
Ralph Whitehead, Professor of Journalism, University of Massachusetts at Amherst