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Big Questions

The Murky Boundaries of the Modern Work Day

The Murky Boundaries of the Modern Work Day

Does Social Media Sharing Count as Community Service?

When it comes to being charitable, most Americans agree: In-person action trumps monetary donations and online engagement.

Despite Widespread Job Satisfaction, Americans Want More Flexibility and Opportunities

New poll finds that two-thirds of adults would take a job with less pay if it offered shorter hours and more flexibility.

What Makes a Good Employer?

When it comes to satisfaction at work, some Americans say money isn't everything.

Broken Beyond Repair?

New Heartland Monitor poll shows little hope for political compromise or action to help average Americans.

Amid Stagnant Incomes, Work and Family Are Increasingly at Odds

In the current economy, Americans find they have to choose between succeeding at work or spending time with family.

How Airbnb and Uber Are Changing the Nature of Work

The traditional 9-to-5 workplace is morphing into a project-oriented, place-neutral, DIY free-for-all.

The Little Union That Could

National Nurses United—striking Wednesday to demand better Ebola protections—is gaining strength as other labor organizations around the country lose clout.

Why Are Political Scientists Studying Ice Bucket Challenges?

Civic engagement is morphing so fast that it's hard to measure. And that's a good thing.

Cities Are Reneging on Health Care Benefits

Can Obamacare fill in the gaps for retirees like former Detroit police officers?

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Does Social Media Sharing Count as Community Service?

When it comes to being charitable, most Americans agree: In-person action trumps monetary donations and online engagement.

Despite Widespread Job Satisfaction, Americans Want More Flexibility and Opportunities

New poll finds that two-thirds of adults would take a job with less pay if it offered shorter hours and more flexibility.

What Makes a Good Employer?

When it comes to satisfaction at work, some Americans say money isn't everything.

Broken Beyond Repair?

New Heartland Monitor poll shows little hope for political compromise or action to help average Americans.

Amid Stagnant Incomes, Work and Family Are Increasingly at Odds

In the current economy, Americans find they have to choose between succeeding at work or spending time with family.

How Airbnb and Uber Are Changing the Nature of Work

The traditional 9-to-5 workplace is morphing into a project-oriented, place-neutral, DIY free-for-all.

The Little Union That Could

National Nurses United—striking Wednesday to demand better Ebola protections—is gaining strength as other labor organizations around the country lose clout.

Why Are Political Scientists Studying Ice Bucket Challenges?

Civic engagement is morphing so fast that it's hard to measure. And that's a good thing.

Cities Are Reneging on Health Care Benefits

Can Obamacare fill in the gaps for retirees like former Detroit police officers?

Show More
 
About The Next Economy

The Great Recession upended expectations about economic security in the United States, and it changed the way we work and live. The Next Economy project asks: How are Americans adapting to the new economy? This joint initiative from the Atlantic and National Journal will use polls, an annual special issue, national and local events with thought leaders and this site to answer that question.