Employment and Jobs

What Is the Middle Class?

June 6, 2018  • Economic Opportunities Program & Financial Security Program

In this clip, speakers from the Economic Security Summit discuss what “middle class” means in the modern economy.

The Economic Security Summit is an annual convening of the nation’s top leaders in industry, academia, philanthropy, government, and nonprofit organizations, to explore challenges facing American workers and families in today’s changing economy. Given the intertwined nature of household financial and employment challenges, leaders can no longer be content to focus on partial solutions or explore ideas in siloed discussions. The Summit brings together leaders from across sectors, disciplines, and political leanings to find common ground, make connections, deepen understanding, and explore solutions to the greatest financial and economic challenges facing American households today. The Economic Security Summit is part of Reconnecting Work and Wealth, a joint initiative of the Economic Opportunities Program and the Financial Security Program at the Aspen Institute. For more information, visit as.pn/workandwealth.

Featured speakers include: Aparna Mathur, American Enterprise Institute; Erin Currier, The Pew Charitable Trusts; and Debra Plousha Moore, Carolinas HealthCare System.


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What is the middle class? “It is about opportunity and access… To have the opportunity to work. To be able to have security and home, education and healthcare.” @plousha

“When we think about the middle [class], we really need to think more holistically.” @CurrierErin

“There’s a huge range of opinions about what is middle class in America today.” @aparnamath