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The Next Economy

Big Questions

When Is the Ideal (and Actual) Retirement Age?

The ideal age to retire falls somewhere between the ages of 60 to 65, according to a new Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll.

Poll: Major Milestones Mark Beginning of Real Adulthood

Respondents said that adults could put the "starting out" stage of life behind them only after they had crossed major thresholds, not just taken the first steps toward independ...

How Younger Americans Are Redefining Success

New Heartland Monitor poll finds Americans agree it's harder to get started as an adult than in the past.

How Every Part of the Hiring Process Favors Elites

For those who didn't go to prestigious schools, don't come from money, and aren't interested in sports and booze—it's near impossible to gain access to the best-paying jobs.

Marrying Your Peer, A Tougher Prospect for Black Women

Options for unions based on education differ across race, and that can feed into growing inequality.

Who Will Care for America's Seniors?

Being a home-health aide is a lonely, difficult job, and the pay is miserable. But the country needs to find millions more people to do it.

Women Are Owning More and More Small Businesses

But don't celebrate just yet.

Nine to Five, After 65

The number of senior citizens in the workforce has nearly tripled since the 1970s.  

A Truce in the War Between Cities and Their Suburbs

Dueling tax incentives and bidding wars are so retro. Now economic development is all about regional cooperation.

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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.