Financial Stability / Inflation

Justin Wolfers on the Social Contract

Justin Wolfers

November 30, 2022

Justin Wolfers says the pandemic forced a degree of reinvention that none of us ever imagined. (photo: University of Michigan)

In This Episode

Events of the last three years have made life difficult on many levels for millions of people around the world. And while expecting more support from social and financial institutions during hard times is nothing new, the recent rise in prices has left people angry and questioning the efficacy of the social contract between the government and its citizenry. Justin Wolfers is a Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the University of Michigan. In this podcast, he says there has never been a better time to reinvent- for the first time in decades perhaps centuries, the institutions that foster social cohesion. Transcript

Watch the webcast of the Social Contract in Times of Crises Annual Meetings seminar.

Justin Wolfers is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and a visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney.

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