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The Next Economy

Big Questions

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.

Unequal Until the End

Even for the affluent, old age has its challenges. For the impoverished, it's a struggle through every last step.

The Predictable Misery of Unpredictable Work

The 17 percent of workers who deal with erratic scheduling tend to be those who can afford instability the least.  

This Is Where White People Live

Self-segregation and clustered affluence is now normal in America. Why do policymakers only worry about concentrated poverty?

What Education Can and Can't Do for Economic Inequality

A new study looks at whether or not a college degree can chip away at income disparities.

Why Is It So Hard to Find Jobs for Disabled Workers?

Disability Insurance provides a much-needed safety net for nine million Americans, but basic structural flaws mean that many never work again.

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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.