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Research shows how Generation Z thinks differently from millennials when it comes to money

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Gleb Leonov/Strelka Institute/Flickr You’ve heard all about how millennials manage money , as well as career and financial decisions. But what about their kid brothers and sisters? It turns out research suggests Generation Z isn’t as freaked out by adulting as were previous generations, especially when it comes to money .

That’s right: Younger Americans are not only squirreling away money they earn from their after-school jobs, they’re also already planning for retirement . Debates rage about when the Millennial generation ends and Gen Z begins, but Jason Dorsey, president of the Center for Generational Kinetics, a consulting firm, says […]

Escaping Poverty Requires Almost 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong

A man cleans up confetti while surrounded by tourists in Times Square in New York.

Keith Bedford / Reuters A lot of factors have contributed to American inequality: slavery, economic policy, technological change, the power of lobbying, globalization, and so on. In their wake, what’s left?

That’s the question at the heart of a new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy , by Peter Temin, an economist from MIT. Temin argues that, following decades of growing inequality, America is now left with what is more or less a two-class system: One small, predominantly white upper class that wields a disproportionate share of money, power, and political influence and a […]

The New Suburban Crisis


The suburban crisis will not be televised. During the mid-1980s, before anyone thought of the suburbs as being on a downward trajectory, the urban designer David Lewis , a Carnegie Mellon colleague of mine at the time, told me that the future project of suburban renewal would likely make our vast 20th-century urban renewal efforts look like a walk in the park.

Indeed, with their enormous physical footprints, shoddy construction, and hastily installed infrastructure, many suburbs are visibly crumbling. Across the nation, hundreds of suburban shopping malls are dead or dying ; countless suburban factories, like their urban counterparts a […]

Success of Indians in the U.S. showcases importance of education


Indian Americans are the wealthiest and most highly educated immigrants in the United States; the secret to their success lies in the selection process in India, says Economics Professor Nirvikar Singh. (Photo by Melissa De Witte) At a moment when immigration to the United States is being challenged at the highest levels of government, the experience of Indian immigrants in America offers valuable lessons about the mutual benefits of open borders.

Indian Americans are the wealthiest and most highly educated immigrants in the country. But there’s nothing special about Indians per se, according to Economics Professor Nirvikar Singh, coauthor of […]

No, iPhones Aren’t Luxury Items. They’re Economic Necessities


Apple To make it in America, you have to hustle. Fast-food worker or CEO, Uber driver or student, you have to stay connected in an economy built on the assumption that anyone is always reachable anywhere. In 2017, that means you need a smartphone.

When Apple released the iPhone in 2007, the world understood it as a gadget, a novelty, a cool thing you plunked down a handful of cash for if you were lucky enough to have the money. Then you just needed to figure out what to do with it. At first the answer was: play games and […]

Escaping Poverty Requires Almost 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong

A man cleans up confetti while surrounded by tourists in Times Square in New York.

Keith Bedford / Reuters A lot of factors have contributed to American inequality: slavery, economic policy, technological change, the power of lobbying, globalization, and so on. In their wake, what’s left?

That’s the question at the heart of a new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy , by Peter Temin, an economist from MIT. Temin argues that, following decades of growing inequality, America is now left with what is more or less a two-class system: One small, predominantly white upper class that wields a disproportionate share of money, power, and political influence and a […]

Why have thousands of smart, low-income NC students been excluded from advanced classes?


About this time every year, roughly 5,000 North Carolina 8-year-olds show they’re ready to shine. Despite the obstacles of poverty that hobble so many of their classmates, these third graders from low-income families take their first state exams and score at the top level in math.

With a proper push and support at school, these children could become scientists, engineers and innovators. They offer hope for lifting families out of poverty and making the state more competitive in a high-tech world.

But many of them aren’t getting that opportunity, an investigation by The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer reveals. […]

No, iPhones Aren’t Luxury Items. They’re Economic Necessities


Apple To make it in America, you have to hustle. Fast-food worker or CEO, Uber driver or student, you have to stay connected in an economy built on the assumption that anyone is always reachable anywhere. In 2017, that means you need a smartphone.

When Apple released the iPhone in 2007, the world understood it as a gadget, a novelty, a cool thing you plunked down a handful of cash for if you were lucky enough to have the money. Then you just needed to figure out what to do with it. At first the answer was: play games and […]

The New Suburban Crisis


The suburban crisis will not be televised. During the mid-1980s, before anyone thought of the suburbs as being on a downward trajectory, the urban designer David Lewis , a Carnegie Mellon colleague of mine at the time, told me that the future project of suburban renewal would likely make our vast 20th-century urban renewal efforts look like a walk in the park.

Indeed, with their enormous physical footprints, shoddy construction, and hastily installed infrastructure, many suburbs are visibly crumbling. Across the nation, hundreds of suburban shopping malls are dead or dying ; countless suburban factories, like their urban counterparts a […]

Higher Ed’s Role in Economic Mobility


Which colleges in America contribute the most to helping children climb the income ladder? How can we increase access to these colleges for children from low-income families? In a recent paper , my co-authors (Raj Chetty, Emmanuel Saez, Nicholas Turner, and Danny Yagan) and I take a step toward answering these questions by constructing publicly available “Mobility Report Cards” – statistics on students’ earnings in their mid-thirties and their parents’ incomes – for each college and university in the United States.

Mobility Report Cards for Columbia and SUNY-Stony Brook The figure above gives an example of these statistics for […]