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For over half a century America has been suffering from a growing but strangely overlooked crisis: a flight from work by men in the prime of life. Just before the COVID crisis almost 7 million men 25-54 were neither working nor looking for work--fully four times as many as officially unemployed--and employment rates for prime age US men mirrored those near the end of the Great Depression. In the wake of the COVID19 shock, America's 'men without" work problem has become even more acute. In this lecture Mr. Eberstadt will outline the dimensions of the problem, examine some of its causes, discuss its far-reaching implications, and speculate about possible solutions.

This lecture is livestream only. A free livestream of this lecture will be available to view @ 12 noon on July 22nd. 


Nicholas Eberstadt
Nicholas Eberstadt, Ph.D.
American Enterprise Institute

Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy

Nicholas Eberstadt holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington DC. He is also Senior Adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) in Seattle WA. For over four decades Mr. Eberstadt has published extensively on demographics, economic development, and international security, authoring many hundreds of articles in professional and popular journals and several dozen books, monographs, and edited volumes. His books on international questions include Poverty in China (1979), The End of North Korea (1999), and Russia's Peacetime Demographic Crisis (2010). His books on domestic issues include The Poverty of "The Poverty Rate" (2008) and Men Without Work: America's Invisible Crisis (2016). He has advised a variety of units within the US government, and has been invited to offer expert testimony before Congress on a wide range of social, economic, and international topics. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Bradley Prize, and he delivered the Irving Kristol Lecture in 2020. Mr. Eberstadt earned his AB, MPA and PhD from Harvard and his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. 

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12:00 p.m. Lecture begins
12:40 p.m. Q&A
1:00 p.m. Lecture ends


Event livestream is free and will be available to view @ 12 noon Eastern on July 22.

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