Professor of Economics Pavlina Tcherneva.
Pavlina Tcherneva, professor of economics at Bard College and research scholar at Bard’s Levy Economics Institute, discusses the disconnect between the way economists see the US economy and the way families experience it. “Housing affordability, health care, education—these things have not fundamentally changed,” she tells Ian Masters on Background Briefing
. “We emerged out of this COVID pandemic without some profound structural changes. I think that there are some good signs. We do want to keep this momentum. There were some policies that seemed to work and they expired, and others that we don’t see the benefits from yet. But I think that basically that is the message: we are back to the status quo. Folks are still experiencing the stresses of daily life. And there are far too many Americans that still live paycheck to paycheck.”