Sylvia Allegretto, "The American Dream and the Fraying of the Folklore"

Sylvia Allegretto is a labor economist and deputy chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the University of California, Berkeley. CWED is a research center housed at the Institute for Researcher on Labor and Employment. Dr. Allegretto received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and worked for several years at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington DC where she is currently a research associate. Allegretto co-authored several editions of The State of Working America and she most recently authored The State of Working America’s Wealth, 2011. Research interests include long-term unemployment, family budgets, teacher pay, public employee compensation, low-wage labor markets, inequality, minimum wages and sub-minimum wages received by tipped workers. Sylvia closely tracks a myriad of economic statistics with particular interest in the labor market and how typical workers are faring. She is often called upon by media outlets to provide commentary and contextualize economic data and trends.


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  • Paul W.

    Great presentation. Good slides and well-spoken. very relevant info on the wage and income disparities in the USA. On the other hand the program had little connection with the title except for the beginning reference to a rock star quote and the final thoughts on how things like patriotism and religion are bad (too much Berkeley in that for most Americans).

    March 4, 2012

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