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The Next Economy

Big Questions

Even With Debt, College Still Pays Off

For Less Corporate Fraud, Hire Female CFOs

Women are less prone to risky tax-avoidance measures that could lead to illegalities.

How an Oil Boom Brought Diversity to North Dakota

The number of blacks and Hispanics in the state rose by more than 50 percent between 2010 and 2013.

The Alarming, Long-Term Consequences of Workplace Stress

Health problems associated with job-related anxiety account for more deaths each year than Alzheimer's disease or diabetes.

How Black Middle-Class Kids Become Poor Adults

Once grown, African-American children are more likely than their white peers to backslide into a lower economic group.

Rural America's Silent Housing Crisis

Accounting for only 20 percent of the population, residents of more-isolated areas struggle to find a safe, affordable place to live—and to make anyone else care.

Is Real Estate Still Americans' Best Financial Bet?

Buying a home remains the most promising way for people to build wealth—but only because no one has come up with a better alternative.

Is Ending Segregation the Key to Ending Poverty?

Chicago's experiment in relocating poor African American families to rich white suburbs seems to be a success. So why are so few other cities doing the same?  

Compared to Previous Generations, How Bad Are Millennials' Finances?

Research suggests that though they have lower net worth, in some ways today's young adults may not be much worse off than their predecessors.

The Not-So-Good News About the Latest Jobs Report

Private sector job growth is finally improving. Government jobs are another story.

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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.