Book Review: Making America Work, by Jonathan Barry Forman

9 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2008

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Erik M. Jensen

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Date Written: August 2008


Except for a few snotty remarks of the sort a reviewer has to make to keep his union card, this review praises Jonathan Barry Forman's monumental Making America Work (2006). Forman is concerned about (1) perverse incentives that keep Americans from working to full capacity or, in some cases, from working at all; and (2) increasing economic inequality in the United States, where the distribution of work's rewards doesn't seem to correspond to any reasonable, non-market-based conception of justice. Forman advances six integrated proposals, all breathtaking in their scope, to revamp the tax system, the welfare system, Social Security, pensions, health care, and labor markets. Although the set of proposals is not perfect (what is?), Forman's work is so thoughtful and wide-ranging that he has elevated the national discussion.

Keywords: Book Review, Making America Work, Jonathan Barry Forman, Social Security, Taxation, Pensions, Health Care, Labor Markets, Government Reform

JEL Classification: K10, K20, K30, K34, K40

Suggested Citation

Jensen, Erik M., Book Review: Making America Work, by Jonathan Barry Forman (August 2008). Pittsburgh Tax Review, Vol. 5, p. 165, 2008; Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-19. Available at SSRN:

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