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The Velvet Rope Economy

by Nelson D. Schwartz

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Reporting and insights into how growing disparities in wealth and an evolving economy are transforming the consumer experience and business practices alike for Americans of all classes. Sign up to share your experiences and keep up to date on how the Velvet Rope is affecting sectors from travel and tourism to health care, education, and more.

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ABOUT THE VELVET ROPE ECONOMY

From New York Times business reporter Nelson D. Schwartz comes a gripping investigation of how a virtual velvet rope divides Americans in every arena of life, creating a friction-free existence for those with money on one side and a Darwinian struggle for the middle class on the other side.

In nearly every realm of daily life–from health care to education, highways to home security–there is an invisible velvet rope that divides how Americans live. On one side of the rope, for a price, red tape is cut, lines are jumped, appointments are secured, and doors are opened. On the other side, middle- and working-class Americans fight to find an empty seat on the plane, a place in line with their kids at the amusement park, a college acceptance, or a hospital bed.

We are all aware of the gap between the rich and everyone else, but when we weren’t looking, business innovators stepped in to exploit it, shifting services away from the masses and finding new ways to profit by serving the privileged. And as decision-makers and corporate leaders increasingly live on the friction-free side of the velvet rope, they are less inclined to change–or even notice–the obstacles everyone else must contend with. Schwartz’s “must read” book takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of this new reality and shows the toll the velvet rope divide takes on society.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nelson D. Schwartz has worked at The New York Times for a decade and has covered economics since 2012. Before that, he wrote about Wall Street and banking for The Times, and also served as European economic correspondent in Paris from 2008 to 2010. He joined the paper in 2007 as a feature writer for the Sunday Business section.

Mr. Schwartz is a graduate of the University of Chicago, and worked for 10 years at Fortune Magazine before joining the Times. A native of Scarsdale, N.Y, he lives with his family on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

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THE VELVET ROPE ECONOMY BOOK REVIEWS

“An original entry in the growing literature on income inequality.”

KIRKUS REVIEWS

“VERDICT Economists and business professionals will be well-served by this insightful analysis, as will social activists and all those concerned by the growing separation between rich and poor.”

Caroline Geck, Somerset, LIBRARY JOURNAL

“Entertaining and infuriating, this carefully balanced inquiry strikes the right chord.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Through careful reporting and entertaining storytelling, Schwartz unpacks the degree to which wealth insulates the privileged, as well as the dangers of our free-falling transformation into a caste-based society.”

ESQUIRE

“It’s what Schwartz describes as virtual velvet rope, and its existence impacts the lives of everyday citizens in ways that are proving catastrophic if left unchecked.”

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