The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers are Going Broke

The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers are Going Broke


By (author) Elizabeth Warren, By (author) Amelia Warren Tyagi

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  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 200mm x 20mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 17 August 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0465090907
  • ISBN 13: 9780465090907
  • Edition statement: export ed
  • Sales rank: 173,782

Product description

In this revolutionary expos, Harvard Law School bankruptcy expert Elizabeth Warren and financial consultant Amelia Tyagi show that today's middle-class parents are increasingly trapped by financial meltdowns. Astonishingly, sending mothers to work has made families more vulnerable to financial disaster than ever before. Today's two-income family earns 75% more money than its single-income counterpart of a generation ago, but has 25% less discretionary income to cover living costs. This is "the rare financial book that sidesteps accusations of individual wastefulness to focus on institutional changes," raved the Boston Globe. Warren and Tyagi reveal how the ferocious bidding war for housing and education has silently engulfed America's suburbs, driving up the cost of keeping families in the middle class. The authors show why the usual remedies-child-support enforcement, subsidized daycare, and higher salaries for women-won't solve the problem. But as the Wall Street Journal observed, "The book is brimming with proposed solutions to the nail-biting anxiety that the middle class finds itself in: subsidized day care, school vouchers, new bank regulation, among other measures. " From Senator Edward M. Kennedy to Dr. Phil to Bill Moyers, The Two-Income Trap has created a sensation among economists, politicians, and families-all those who care about America's middle-class crisis.

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Author information

Elizabeth Warren is a Professor at Harvard Law School. She is vice-president of the American Law Institute and served as Chief Advisor to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission. Massachusetts, USA. Amelia Warren Tyagi worked as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey and Company, specializing in health care, insurance, and education. She lives in California, USA.

Review quote

"A startling account of the elusiveness of the American Dream." Time Magazine"