This conversation will focus on what it means to be middle class now: the components, qualities, and socioeconomic definitions.
Amy Sullivan, Former National Editor, TIME, moderates a panel that includes L. Josh Bivens, Research and Policy Director, Economic Policy Institute, Paula Dwyer, Economics Editor, Bloomberg View, Mark Perry, Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, and Todd McCracken, President, National Small Business Association.
L. Josh Bivens
Josh Bivens joined the Economic Policy Institute in 2002. He is the author of Everybody Wins Except for Most of Us: What Economics Teaches About Globalization and has published numerous articles in both academic and popular venues, including USA Today, The Guardian, The American Prospect, Challenge Magazine, and Worth. He is a frequent commentator on economic issues for a variety of media outlets, including NPR, CNN, CNBC, Reuters and the BBC.
Paula Dwyer is a member of the Bloomberg View editorial board, focusing on the political economy and financial regulation. She previously worked at The New York Times, first as deputy business editor and later as the economics editor in the Washington bureau overseeing coverage of the 2007-2009 financial crisis. Prior to that she worked at BusinessWeek as deputy Washington bureau chief, London bureau chief, chief Congressional correspondent, and as an investigative reporter. After Bloomberg LP acquired BusinessWeek in late 2009, she returned to the magazine as its Washington editor before joining Bloomberg View’s startup team. Paula also co-wrote “Take On the Street” with former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt, a best-seller on how the financial system really works.
Todd McCracken currently serves as president of National Small Business Association (NSBA), directing all activities of the advocacy-oriented association. Mr. McCracken became president of NSBA in 1997. He started with the association in 1988, previously serving as vice president of government affairs.
As director of its government affairs arm, Mr. McCracken plays a key role in developing NSBA’s policies on issues and the strategies in implementing them. Mr. McCracken also is a frequent commentator in the media, having appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and NBC Nightly News as well as in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and myriad other publications.
Mark J. Perry is concurrently a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan's Flint campus. He is best known as the creator and editor of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem. At AEI, Perry writes about economic and financial issues for American.com and the AEIdeas blog.
Amy Sullivan is a correspondent for National Journal and director of the Next Economy Project, a joint effort of National Journal and The Atlantic. She was previously a senior editor at TIME Magazine, where she directed coverage of the 2008 presidential primaries and wrote about politics, religion, and culture. Her first book, The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats Are Closing the God Gap, was published by Scribner in 2008.