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A Better College Means Higher Earnings--Sometimes

For a business major, yes. If you're an engineer or a scientist, not so much.

A New Commuter Station, Courtesy of a Corporation

When Boston's rail system couldn't afford the infrastructure, New Balance--yep,  the shoemaker--stepped in.

Charging for Trash, Bag by Bag

Here's how to persuade people to recycle or compost: by trashing their wallets.

Homeless Shelters? There's a Better Way.

Housing vouchers aren't cheap, but they seem to be the best strategy for keeping a roof over everyone's head.

How to Succeed as Millennials Without Really Trying

The secret to starting out on a sound financial footing: rich parents.

Welcoming the Poor to the Suburbs

Long divided between black and white, Chicago collaborates with its wealthy, white neighbors to foster integration.

A College Without Classes

No need to sit through lectures when you can learn what you need  on your own and then get tested on how much you know.

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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.