Economic inequality is on the rise, including in Trump’s America and in Australia. Middle-class jobs are disappearing, especially in towns that relied on manufacturing. Where does this leave people in affected industries and areas, and the generation to follow? And what are the political implications for democracies? Join award–winning author Don Watson, Pulitzer Prize–winning staff writer for The Washington Post Amy Goldstein and economics professor Richard Holden in a wide-ranging conversation with ABC’s Chief Economics Correspondent Emma Alberici about the challenges posed by inequality today. Supported by UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Global Partnerships and UNSW Grant Challenge on Inequality.

Don Watson (Australian)

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Don Watson is the author of various award winning books and essays on subjects including politics, language, history, birds, racehorses, the United States and the Bush. His latest book is There It Is Again, a collection of his writing from the last fifteen years. He lives in Melbourne and writes regularly for The Monthly.

Amy Goldstein (International)

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Amy Goldstein has been a staff writer for thirty years at The Washington Post, where much of her work has focused on social policy. Among her awards, Goldstein was part of a team of Washington Post reporters awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for the newspaper’s coverage of 9/11 and the government’s response to the attacks. She was also a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting for an investigative series she co-wrote on the medical treatment of immigrants detained by the U.S. government. She has been a fellow at Harvard University at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Janesville: An American Story is her first book and the 2017 winner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year award. She lives in Washington, DC.

Richard Holden (Australian)

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Richard Holden is one of Australia’s leading economists. He is a professor at UNSW Business School and holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University. His most recent academic work is on Network Capital and the outsize returns that accrue to those who coordinate economic activity through the higher-order beliefs of others. He writes regularly for the Australian Financial Review and will be visiting professor of economics at Harvard in Fall 2017.

Emma Alberici (Australian)

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Emma Alberici has been a host of Lateline since 2012. Before that, she spent four years as the Europe Correspondent for the ABC based in the UK. Emma was previously the finance editor of 7.30. Before joining the ABC, she spent nine years at the Nine Network and before that did her cadetship at The Herald Sun. Emma has been a finalist three times in the Walkley Awards for journalistic excellence. She is the author of three editions of The Small Business Book.