With an average life expectancy of 78 years, the United States is comparable to Mexico and Morocco. But the U.S. is on track to soon join the ranks of elder societies, such as Japan and Italy, where life expectancy exceeds 80 years. As more Americans live longer, the individual benefits and collective challenges of increased longevity are poised to take center stage.
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.