Men Without Work

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Men Without Work: Post-Pandemic Edition (2022) (New Threats to Freedom Series)

Men Without Work focuses on the collapse of work for men in modern America. In this book, Nicholas Eberstadt, the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute, explains how the government's response to Covid-19 unwittingly aggravated the flight from work in the country. According to him, from indiscriminate pandemic shutdowns to almost unconditional “unemployment” benefits, Americans were essentially paid not to work. Given the devastating economic impact of the Covid calamity and the unforeseen aftershocks yet to come, this reissue of Eberstadt’s groundbreaking work is timelier than ever.


"[A] searing indictment of contemporary America. It convinces me that economics cannot explain why 1 in 7 prime age men 25 to 54 are not working today amidst a massive labor shortage."

Lawrence H. Summers, 71st Secretary of the Treasury

"As Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute, the author of Men Without Work, has powerfully pointed out, we are suffering from an ongoing decline in the workforce participation rate of working-age men."

—Howard Husock, New York Daily News

"Nicholas Eberstadt is one of America’s most brilliant political economists."

—James Bradshaw, Position Papers

"[A] timely warning to both sides of the aisle as to the challenges social policy still faces."

—Charles Fain Lehman, Washington Free Beacon

"I really highly recommend this book."

—Inez Stepman, Independent Women's Forum

"Nicholas Eberstadt has written a compelling book about what has happened to millions of men in America as a result of our cultural moment.

—Tim Goeglein, The Federalist

"[Eberstadt] demonstrates that a trend that began in the 90s was accelerated by the pandemic, when government programs incentivized many men to go into a form of 'premature retirement' and drop out of the workforce."

—Ralph Schoellhammer, Newsweek

"I think it's fantastic. It's a quick read and it's a powerful read."

—Brian Buffini, It's A Good Life