Hardships in America: The real story of working families

Date: July 24, 2001

An EPI policy briefing — Tuesday, July 24, 2001

The National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

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  • Heather Boushey, co-author of Hardships in America and economist at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
  • Peter Edelman, professor at Georgetown University School of Law and author of Searching for America’s Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope.
  • Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel & Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America.


  • Larry Mishel, Vice President, EPI.