September 25, 2020

The Menace of Economic Insecurity: A Conversation w/ Michael Graetz

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Professor Michael Graetz, of Columbia Law School, to discuss economic instability, politics and policy, and Professor Graetz’s new co-authored book, “The Wolf at the Door: The Menace of Economic Insecurity and How to Fight it.”


Are we in a time of crisis? In today’s conversation, Aaron and Michael delve deep into the questions of American politics, globalization, the world economy, healthcare and more. In “The Wolf at the Door,” Michael and his co-author, Ian Shapiro, of Yale, explore the meaning and origins of economic insecurity and how it affects Americans’ pocket books and also their politics.  Michael explains that Americans are concerned about losing what they have, whether jobs, status, or safe communities. “They fear the wolf at the door.” Aaron and Michael touch on private industry, legislative politics, employment, the pandemic and its impact, the November election, Trump’s Administration and the American political system at large, infrastructure, protectionism, and the notion of universal adjustment assistance. “The Wolf at the Door” proposes realistic policy solutions and strategies to make individuals and communities more secure, throughout this episode Michaels expands on these ideas as he and Aaron talk about increasing jobs, improving wages, protecting families suffering from unemployment, and the importance of better health care opportunities.


A leading expert on national and international tax law, Professor Graetz joined the Columbia faculty in 2009, after 25 years at Yale Law School, where he is a professor of law emeritus and a professorial lecturer. He has written on a wide range of tax, international taxation, health policy, and social insurance issues. His recent scholarship has focused on U.S. legal history and problems around economic inequality. Professor Graetz has been invited to testify as an expert witness on a variety of tax matters before U.S. House Representatives Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance. His honors include being elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and chosen a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow. In 2013, Professor Graetz was awarded the National Tax Association’s Daniel M. Holland Medal for lifetime achievement in the study of the theory and practice of public finance.


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To learn more about Professor Graetz, and to view a complete list of his publications, please visit his Columbia bio page here.

 To check out Professor Graetz’s latest book, “The Wolf at the Door: The Menace of Economic Insecurity and How to Fight it,” please click here.


Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Michael Graetz



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