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How do we connect the economy to our everyday lives?

Recent headlines — of course filled with hyperbole — drive home a singular message: America’s economy is booming! The stock market is setting records. The 3.7% unemployment rate hovers around all-time lows. More than 220,000 jobs were added in June. Our gross domestic product has grown for almost a decade, an unheard of 120 months. All these measures get economists excited, but the bigger question is what does this actually mean for the average citizen? Many indicators point to a disturbing answer: absolutely nothing.

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