Identifying What’s NEXT
NEXT is made up of in-depth, commissioned academic research papers that look at trends that will shape policy over the coming decades. In particular, we are aiming to unpack some of the prevailing assumptions that routinely define, and often constrain, Democratic and progressive economic and social policy debates.
In this series we seek to answer the central domestic policy challenge of the 21st century: how to ensure American middle class prosperity and individual success in an era of ever-intensifying globalization and technological upheaval. It’s the defining question of our time, and one that, as a country, we’re far from answering.
Each paper dives into one aspect of middle class prosperity—such as education, retirement, achievement, or the safety net. Our aim is to challenge, and ultimately change, some of the prevailing assumptions that routinely define, and often constrain, Democratic and progressive economic and social policy debates. And by doing that, we’ll be able to help push the conversation toward a new, more modern understanding of America’s middle class challenges—and spur fresh ideas for a new era.
By Richard Freeman (September 27, 2016)
By Josh Lerner and Antoinette Schoar (September 23, 2016)
By Daniel Alpert (April 4, 2016)
By Rachel E. Dwyer (June 18, 2015)
By Jason N. Houle and Lawrence Berger (June 2, 2015)
By Henry Siu and Nir Jaimovich (April 8, 2015)
By Michelle J. Budig (September 2, 2014)
By Jens Ludwig (August 22, 2014)
By Thomas A. DiPrete and Claudia Buchmann (April 28, 2014)
By Anya Kamenetz (September 25, 2013)
By Frank Levy and Richard Murnane (July 17, 2013)
By David Autor and Melanie Wasserman (March 20, 2013)
By Eva Bertram (February 8, 2013)
By John C. Scott (January 3, 2013)
By David Osborne (September 13, 2012)
By Ian Hathaway and Robert Litan (March 10, 2012)