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The squeezed middle: The pressure on ordinary workers in America and Britain

Sophia Parker


As wages stagnate but living costs keep rising, the pressure on working people grows more intense. The issue of living standards has become one of the most urgent challenges for politicians in both Britain and America. ‘The squeezed middle’ brings together experts from both sides of the Atlantic to ask what the UK can learn from the US. American workers have not benefited from growth for an entire generation - the average American worker earned no more in 2009 than in 1975. Now British workers are undergoing a similar experience. No longer can they assume that when the economy grows their wage ... More

Keywords: squeezed middle, living standards, pay, work, policy, economy, lost generation, middle class

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781447308942
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308942.001.0001


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Sophia Parker

Section 1 Setting the scene: a rising tide no longer lifts all boats

Section 2 Policy lessons: creating quality work, raising incomes and building greater economic security

Creating quality work

Raising incomes

Strengthening economic security

Section 3 Looking ahead: a cautionary tale

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