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Unshopping, Un-Uber

Contractor Versus Employee

Not every company in the sharing economy treats its workers as Uber-ish freelancers.

Freelancers, Unite!

Trying to weave a social safety net for the fast-growing millions of workers who go it alone.

Why Does Walla Walla Have a Wine Industry?

Using a new economic playbook, rural and urban areas look to build thriving regional economies around local specializations.

Phoenix Makes a Play to Become An R&D Powerhouse

The Greater Phoenix Area, once an epicenter for the foreclosure crisis, now wants to become a hub for software, engineering, and research. 

Can Seattle Go Any Greener?

The city looks to become a hub for smart-building technology. 

Kentucky’s Workforce Experiment

How the cities of Louisville and Lexington banded together to create a pipeline of skilled manufacturing workers.

The Economic Plan That Could Help Rural America

What works for cities could also boost the economies of farming communities.

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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.