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Millennial Entrepreneurs: 'Why Not Me?'

With employment in traditional careers more uncertain and barriers to launching businesses lowered, many millennials look to work for themselves.

Former Atlanta Mayor: 'I Regret That I Didn't Do More'

Shirley Franklin reflects on the difficulty of combating economic inequality when times are good and voters have other priorities.

Obama's Incredibly Underwhelming Executive Orders

Recent White House moves to help workers may be well-intentioned, but they will achieve little.

Does Your STEM Degree Have a Shelf Life?

Americans pursuing science, tech, engineering, and math careers for career stability and higher pay are at risk of being pushed out of their fields in favor of younger workers.

What Can Venture Capitalists Do for Recently Released Prisoners?

New York state is about to find out.

The Ugly Truth Behind Obama's Budget

By proposing to expand the earned-income tax credit to workers without children, the White House acknowledges that low wages aren't sufficient for many Americans.

What Cities Really Need to Attract Entrepreneurs, According to Entrepreneurs

Hint: It's not favorable tax rates.

Want Women to Earn More? Train Them for Manufacturing

One way to boost earnings of single, low-income women is to urge them to seek out jobs in skilled trades instead of retail and service gigs.

The Government's $11 Billion Jobs Program May Not Work

The federal government has spent billions on a single job-training program, but a new report shows there's not enough data to know if it helps out-of-luck workers.

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Millennial Entrepreneurs: 'Why Not Me?'

With employment in traditional careers more uncertain and barriers to launching businesses lowered, many millennials look to work for themselves.

Former Atlanta Mayor: 'I Regret That I Didn't Do More'

Shirley Franklin reflects on the difficulty of combating economic inequality when times are good and voters have other priorities.

Obama's Incredibly Underwhelming Executive Orders

Recent White House moves to help workers may be well-intentioned, but they will achieve little.

Does Your STEM Degree Have a Shelf Life?

Americans pursuing science, tech, engineering, and math careers for career stability and higher pay are at risk of being pushed out of their fields in favor of younger workers.

What Can Venture Capitalists Do for Recently Released Prisoners?

New York state is about to find out.

The Ugly Truth Behind Obama's Budget

By proposing to expand the earned-income tax credit to workers without children, the White House acknowledges that low wages aren't sufficient for many Americans.

What Cities Really Need to Attract Entrepreneurs, According to Entrepreneurs

Hint: It's not favorable tax rates.

Want Women to Earn More? Train Them for Manufacturing

One way to boost earnings of single, low-income women is to urge them to seek out jobs in skilled trades instead of retail and service gigs.

The Government's $11 Billion Jobs Program May Not Work

The federal government has spent billions on a single job-training program, but a new report shows there's not enough data to know if it helps out-of-luck workers.

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.