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The Next Economy

Big Questions

Millennials Are Closing the Pay Gap Between Men and Women

But the divide still widens as they move up the ladder.

The Rise of Daddy Daycare

Fathers now spend almost five more hours on childcare each week than they did in 1965, but moms still battle cultural expectations.  

The Universal Pre-K Debate Is Already Too Narrow

Expanding access to preschool is only one piece—and a late one at that—of what we should be doing to assist kids' development.

The Murky Boundaries of the Modern Work Day

Americans don't seem to mind long hours that blur the lines between professional and personal life, but they do mind the inability to control their schedules.

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.

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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.