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Finding Steady Ground: A Conversation on Work and Wealth

  • Aspen Institute One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC 20036 USA (map)


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The central tenet of the American dream is that if you work hard, you will be able to support yourself and your family, save for retirement, and invest in your children’s future. But in today’s economy hard work does not guarantee economic stability. Working people are faced with lower and less stable earnings, anemic benefits, and a frayed social safety net, making it difficult for them to save and guard against economic risks. Working people and their families are struggling to find steady ground, let alone ladders to climb.

On the eve of the Aspen Summit on Inequality and Opportunity, the Economic Opportunities Program and the Financial Security Program are pleased a discussion on work, wealth, and the dissolving link between the two. Panelists include academic experts in labor and financial markets, as well as leaders of organizations striving to expand opportunities for people to work, save, and build the foundation for their American dreams.

The event will begin with a brief networking reception, followed by opening remarks and a panel discussion.