Every election is ultimately about the economy, but this election feels like it’s about the economy in a way that we’re not used to. If in 2008, voters focused on the immediate terror of economic collapse, 2016 has revolved around the steady anxiety of a recovery that’s leaving too many behind. Instead the fear of job loss, it’s the fear that salaries aren’t increasing, but the cost of rent, child care, and health care are. The usual economic numbers are getting better and better, but nobody seems to feel those numbers getting better.
So much has improved, but much still remains to be done. But what in particular? To that end, we assembled a roster of some of the sharpest thinkers on different facets of the economy: the workers, the corporations, the banks, and so on. We asked each to tell us: what (good and bad) has been done, and what’s left to be done. To introduce those writers and set the scene is Washington Post columnist and chair of our editorial committee, E.J. Dionne Jr.