What's NEXT?

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.

White Working-Class Men in a Changing American Workforce
Having a Stake
Tale of Two Clones
Rise of the Angel Investor: A Challenge to Public Policy
Geographies of Inequality
GLUT: The U.S. Economy and the American Worker in the Age of Oversupply
Student Loans and Graduation from American Universities
The End of the American Dream? Student Loan Debt and Homeownership Among Young Adults
Jobless Recoveries
The Fatherhood Bonus and The Motherhood Penalty: Parenthood and the Gender Gap in Pay
Moving to Opportunity: The Effects of Concentrated Poverty on the Poor
The Secret Behind College Completion: Girls, Boys, and The Power of Eighth Grade Grades
$1 Trillion and Rising: A Plan for a $10K Degree
Dancing with Robots: Human Skills for Computerized Work
Wayward Sons: The Emerging Gender Gap in Labor Markets and Education
Net Gains and Losses: A Modern Labor Market and a New Deal Welfare State
The Next Phase: Ushering in a New Era of American Retirement
Born on the Bayou: A New Model for American Education
A Less Dynamic American Economy: What's Going On?