Category: "demographics"

Population Diversity as a Crucial Source of Long-Term Prosperity in the US

December 24th, 2017
in demographics, macroeconomics

Research on the economic impact of migration on hosts and the migrants themselves has tended to focus on the short term. This column traces the economic impact of population diversity in the US resulting from the Age of Mass Migration of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. more »

The Fragmentation of Society

November 1st, 2017
in aa syndication, demographics, macroeconomics

Lately, my life has been completely packed with speeches, meetings, and in-depth, often lengthy, conversations. Plus ongoing research and writing, of course. It all culminated Thursday afternoon at the beginning of a business meeting with the leadership team from a firm that will become a significant new business partner. more »

Can You Afford to Reach 100?

June 12th, 2017
in demographics, macroeconomics

“I often joke that 100 years from now I hope people are saying, ‘Dang, she looks good for her age!’”– Dolly Parton more »

Angst in America, Part 7: The Angst of the Millennial Generation

May 12th, 2017
in demographics, employment, macroeconomics

“Being young and having no job remains stubbornly common. Wages for young people fortunate enough to get a job have gone down. Inflation-adjusted wages for young high school graduates were 11 percent higher in 2000 than they were more than a decade later, and inflation-adjusted wages of young college graduates (four years only) have fallen by more than 5 percent. more »

The Fading American Dream: Trends in Absolute Income Mobility since 1940

May 9th, 2017
in demographics, history, macroeconomics

One of the defining features of the ‘American Dream’ is the ideal that children have a higher standard of living than their parents. This column examines rates of ‘absolute income mobility’ – the fraction of children who earn more than their parents – to assess whether the US is living up to this ideal. more »




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