Milstein Symposium: Entrepreneurship and the Middle Class
America has a middle-class jobs problem. Over the past thirty years, jobs paying middle-class salaries—that is, occupations paying within 50 percent of median earnings— have been disappearing, at least relative to the high-wage and low-wage jobs on the pay scale. Moreover, this declining trend has occurred as the median wage itself has stagnated. In the wake of the Great Recession and after the worst decade of job growth in over 50 years, the U.S. is left with an alarming middle-class jobs gap. The 2013-14 Milstein Symposium seeks to address this critical employment challenge by fostering thoughtful conversation and productive dialogue about how to create and sustain the jobs of the future. The next commission in this series, which convenes May 12-13, will focus on whether and how entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship can restart the engine of middle-class job creation.