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The Wolf at the Door

Off-Kilter Podcast
May 21 · 2 min read

Rebecca talks to social insurance scholar Michael Graetz about his book The Wolf at the Door and how the U.S. might begin to address the rampant economic insecurity that long predated COVID — even in our current political climate. Subscribe to Off-Kilter on iTunes.

For the latest in Off-Kilter’s ongoing series on poverty and inequality in the age of COVID19, Rebecca sat down virtually with Michael Graetz, a Columbia and Yale law professor who’s spent decades studying U.S. social insurance. As COVID lays bare the gaps in America’s social insurance system that long predate the pandemic, Graetz’s new book The Wolf at the Door highlights a range of policy proposals that are even more timely now than when he and coauthor Ian Shapiro were writing the book pre-COVID — from a long-overdue updating of our Unemployment Insurance system the authors call “Universal Adjustment Assistance” to a much-needed boost in the Earned Income Tax Credit. The authors also lay out a framework they argue could move the ball forward on these and other measures even in the current political climate.

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Host’s note: While Off-Kilter doesn’t necessarily endorse any or all of the legislative strategies in the book, I found the conversation really interesting and provocative as an approach to advancing achievable measures in the near-term that begin to address the rampant economic insecurity facing tens of millions of families… while progressives work to fundamentally change our politics for the longer-term.

This episode’s guest:

  • Michael Graetz, professor at Columbia Law School, professor emeritus at Yale Law School, and author, The Wolf at the Door

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Off-Kilter is a podcast about poverty and inequality — and everything they intersect with. Hosted by Rebecca Vallas and powered by CAP Action.

Off-Kilter Podcast

Written by

Off-Kilter is a podcast about poverty and inequality — and everything they intersect with. Hosted by Rebecca Vallas and powered by CAP Action.

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