Millennials complain that the job market has never fully worked for them, that they are crushed by student debt, and that paying for their parents’ old-age entitlement benefits will bankrupt them. But are these complaints justified? Joseph C. Sternberg weighs in this debate in his new book on millennials in the post-2008 economy — and finds that baby boomers have mortgaged their children’s future to pay for their own economic comforts.

Please join AEI for a discussion with Mr. Sternberg and an expert panel on his new book, “The Theft of a Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole the Millennials’ Economic Future” (Public Affairs, 2019).

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Welcome and introduction:
Ryan Streeter, AEI

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Joseph Sternberg, The Wall Street Journal

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Ramesh Ponnuru, AEI
Joseph Sternberg, The Wall Street Journal
Conor Williams, Century Foundation

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Event Speaker Biographies

Ramesh Ponnuru is a visiting fellow at AEI, where he examines the future of conservatism with particular attention to health care, economic policy, and constitutionalism. He is also a senior editor for National Review, where he has covered national politics and public policy for 18 years, and is a columnist for Bloomberg View. A prolific writer, he is the author of a monograph about Japanese industrial policy and a book about American politics and the sanctity of human life.

Joseph Sternberg is a member of the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal, where he writes the Political Economics column. He joined The Wall Street Journal in 2006 as an editorial writer in Hong Kong, where he edited the Business Asia column. He also has been a writer and editor at The New York Sun and The Public Interest.

Ryan Streeter is the director of domestic policy studies at AEI, where he oversees research in education, American citizenship, politics, public opinion, and social and cultural studies. Before joining AEI, he was executive director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Streeter has had a distinguished career in government service, which includes being deputy chief of staff for policy for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, special assistant for domestic policy to President George W. Bush at the White House, and policy adviser to Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith. Outside of government, he has served as a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute and as a research fellow at the Hudson Institute. He is the author of “Transforming Charity: Toward a Results-Oriented Social Sector” (Hudson Institute, 2001); the editor of “Religion and the Public Square in the 21st Century” (Hudson Institute, 2001); the coauthor of “The Soul of Civil Society: Voluntary Associations and the Public Value of Moral Habits” (Lexington Books, 2002); and a contributor to the Stephen Goldsmith book “Putting Faith in Neighborhoods: Making Cities Work Through Grassroots Citizenship” (Hudson Institute, 2002). In addition to his many television and radio appearances, which include BBC News, CNBC, and Fox News, Dr. Streeter’s articles have been widely published in outlets including National Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and The Washington Post. He has a Ph.D. in political philosophy from Emory University, an M.A. from Northern Illinois University, and a B.A. from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

Conor Williams is a fellow at the Century Foundation, where he writes about education, immigration, early education, school choice, and work-life balance challenges for American families. He is an expert on American educational inequity, English learner students, dual immersion programs, urban education reform, and the history of progressivism.