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The future of the middle class

Featuring keynote remarks by former Vice President Joe Biden

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Welcome, Introduction, and Panel 1: Defining the Middle Class

Welcome, Introduction, and Panel 1: Defining the Middle Class
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Panel 2: Barriers to middle class prosperity
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Panel 2: Barriers to middle class prosperity

Keynote address: Vice President Joe Biden
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Keynote address: Vice President Joe Biden

An era of rapid change in the economy and how we work—from automation to the gig economy—is transforming the middle class. As the benefits of our changing economy become less and less evenly distributed, many middle class Americans are feeling left behind. On May 8, the new Future of the Middle Class Initiative at Brookings and the Biden Foundation co-hosted a forum on the future of the middle class, featuring a keynote address by former Vice President Joe Biden.

The first panel—moderated by Camille Busette, director of the Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative at Brookings—discussed the many ways we define “middle class,” and how middle-class challenges are experienced differently across various demographics. The second panel, which was moderated by Ben Harris of the Biden Foundation, detailed barriers to competition in the workforce and identified forward-looking proposals to improve conditions for the American middle class.

You can learn more about the Biden Foundation here, and more about the Biden Forum here. The Biden Forum is the Foundation’s ongoing discussion on policies to advance the middle class.

Agenda

Welcome and Introduction

Panel 1: Defining the Middle Class

Kilolo Kijakazi

Institute Fellow and Director, Integrated Financial Coaching Project - Urban Institute

Janet Gornick

Director of the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality; Professor of Political Science and Sociology - The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Panel 2: Barriers to middle class prosperity

Keynote address: Vice President Joe Biden

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