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The Six Facts that Matter: Understanding Inequality in the United States by [Geoffrey Sanzenbacher]

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BCZMN1SY
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 2, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 9577 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 210 pages
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Dr. Sanzenbacher is the author of over twenty peer-reviewed academic articles in the fields of Economics and Policy, including in The Journal of Health Economics, Demography, The International Economic Review, The North American Actuarial Journal, The Monthly Labor Review, and The Journal of Pension Economics and Finance. He has also published over forty Issues in Brief designed for a lay-audience through his work at The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. These briefs have covered topics related to the asset-accumulation of low-income workers, rising inequality in mortality, and the difficulties less-educated workers face in extending their careers. He has also contributed an Op-Ed to The Hill on racial wealth inequality, and has been cited in newspapers including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, financial magazines such as Kiplinger’s, and has appeared multiple times on National Public Radio.

Beyond his work in academia, Dr. Sanzenbacher has served as a consultant for states seeking to expand retirement savings vehicles to middle- and low-income adults. In particular, his work in Oregon and Illinois helped those states evaluate the financial feasibility of launching these programs, and their likely impact on middle- and lower-income adults. These programs have since launched, and serve to address one of the largest forms of inequality in the U.S. – that lower- and middle-income adults have very little savings, a topic covered in Chapter 6 of the proposed book.

Geoffrey Sanzenbacher and his wife Pamela currently reside in Boston, Massachusetts. Both grew up in Maryland, and attended St. Mary’s College in the southern part of the state. Dr. Sanzenbacher received his PhD from Boston College in Economics in 2010, and since 2014 has taught a course on the Economics of Inequality at BC. Indeed, it is teaching this course that inspired him to write this book. He has also taught the Principles of Microeconomics, Microeconomic Theory, and Econometrics, and is currently an Associate Professor of the Practice in the Boston College Department at Boston College.

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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 6, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars 6 Facts -- more like 6 stars!
By Grace Tymann on November 6, 2022
I loved every page of this book. Explaining and presenting somewhat grim facts while maintaining a degree of optimism and light-heartedness is not an easy feat, but it is one that is mastered in this book. The six facts are presented in a digestible way and Geoff's voice (and by extension his sense of humor) so clearly and eloquently comes through, which makes this book extra special. Tone aside, this book is a perfect example of how economic theories can be applied to real-world problems. Understanding how, when, and why these applications can be made is especially valuable lesson for students that are studying economics in the present day, but also incredibly valuable for anyone that yearns for a world with a more equitable future. I commend Geoff for all of the work he put into writing, editing, and publishing this book, and hope to read and learn more from him in the future!
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 30, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understandable, relatable, nuanced
By MMN on September 30, 2022
When I received this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. Would it be boring? Hard to understand? It turned out to be quite the opposite. I found this book to be very relatable. It's written in a cohesive, very understandable manner. The author sprinkles moments of humor throughout the text which lightens the heaviness of the facts. I greatly appreciate his point of view, that these issues are not always black or white, but nuanced. I find that most of life's issues exist in the gray. It certainly provides some food for thought. Overall, a good read!
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 4, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, powerful, easy-to-read and most objective introduction to inequality in the US!!!
By Erbil, J. on October 4, 2022
This should be a required reading for every student in the US majoring in Economics, Finance and Management.

Geoff's book provides many relevant examples, uses the current data without "massaging" it and talks about available policy recommendations - what worked and work didn't.

It shows how economists think and approach to a big problem, like inequality.

It is one of the most useful sources out there for faculty who want to cover (some) inequality in their courses. It can my tailored and covered into "bite-sized" lectures.

But it is not written for academics and classrooms exclusively, anybody who wants to understand the basics of inequality and cares for the next generation in the US should read this.

In my office, it found it's place next to the books of Acemoglu, Robinson, Rodrik, Stiglitz, Blanchard, Easterly, Friedman, Bown, Shiller, Blyth, etc...

I highly recommend it!
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 22, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Objective, non-biased, informative, & entertaining!
By Jamie on September 22, 2022
Very enjoyable book that appeals to variety of readers! I appreciate the non-biased and professional information from an expert in the field, and how the book breaks down complex economic inequality into 6 facts. A great mix of policy, facts, research, and humor… this book was easy to read! I feel like it helped broaden my understanding on economic policy, and I will be recommending to others!
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