Hoarding the American Dream: Author Talk with Richard Reeves

Lecture | January 26 | 1-3 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Richard Reeves, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

 Cybelle Fox, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Sociology; Paul Pierson, Professor, UC Berkeley Political Science

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

We know about the one percent. The ultra-rich. The billionnaire class. But author Richard Reeves writes it’s the upper middle class that matters most. Those top twenty percent of earners are becoming more effective at passing wealth to their children, and – through zoning laws, schooling, occupational licensing, college application procedures, and the allocation of internships – more effective at keeping others from getting it. In his new book, Dream Hoarders: How the American Middle Class is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That is a Problem, and What to Do About It, Richard Reeves argues that we can do much more to protect opportunity for all and prevent the United States from becoming the very class-based society that early Americans rebelled against.

The discussion will be moderated by Cybelle Fox of the UC Berkeley Sociology Department and Paul Pierson of the UC Berkeley Political Science Department.

Richard Reeves is a senior fellow at Brookings, where he focuses on social mobility, inequality, and family change. He’s worked as director of strategy for the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister and was named one of America’s top fifty thinkers by Politico.

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Friday, January 26, 1:00 pm
Banatao Auditorium, UC Berkeley
Please join us for a reception after the talk.

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