Why nonworking men are unhappiest in America

Nathan Allen, 65, poses for a portrait in front of the motorhome where he sleeps in a homeless RV and tent encampment near LAX airport in Los Angeles, California, United States, October 26, 2015. Allen lost his job as a handyman, and so couldn't afford to pay the rent for his apartment. Los Angeles is grappling with a massive homelessness problem, as forecasted El Nino downpours threaten to add to the misery of thousands of people who sleep on the streets. Mayor Eric Garcetti has proposed spending $100 million to combat the problem in the sprawling metropolis but stopped short of declaring a state of emergency. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson PICTURE 16 OF 17 - SEARCH "NICHOLSON MOTORHOME" FOR ALL IMAGES - GF10000270563

In new research, Carol Graham and Sergio Pinto assesses the troublesome levels of ill-being among men who are out of the labor force (as distinct from unemployed men), and the challenges this poses to the future of work and the future of the middle class more generally. Carol Graham, the Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow and research director in the Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings, came on to the show to discuss this new research, titled “Men without work: Why are they so unhappy in the US compared to other places.”

Also on today’s episode, meet Margaret Taylor, a new fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings and senior editor and counsel at Lawfare.

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