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.

Tale of Two Clones

By Richard Freeman (September 27, 2016)

Rise of the Angel Investor: A Challenge to Public Policy

By Josh Lerner and Antoinette Schoar (September 23, 2016)

Geographies of Inequality

By Joel Kotkin (August 23, 2016)

GLUT: The U.S. Economy and the American Worker in the Age of Oversupply

By Daniel Alpert (April 4, 2016) 

Student Loans and Graduation from American Universities

By Rachel E. Dwyer (June 18, 2015)

The End of the American Dream? Student Loan Debt and Homeownership Among Young Adults

By Jason N. Houle and Lawrence Berger (June 2, 2015)

Jobless Recoveries

By Henry Siu and Nir Jaimovich (April 8, 2015)

The Fatherhood Bonus and The Motherhood Penalty: Parenthood and the Gender Gap in Pay

By Michelle J. Budig (September 2, 2014)

Moving to Opportunity: The Effects of Concentrated Poverty on the Poor

By Jens Ludwig (August 22, 2014)

The Secret Behind College Completion: Girls, Boys, and the Power of Eighth Grade Grades

By Thomas A. DiPrete and Claudia Buchmann (April 28, 2014)

$1 Trillion and Rising: A Plan for a $10K Degree

By Anya Kamenetz (September 25, 2013)

Dancing with Robots: Human Skills for Computerized Work

By Frank Levy and Richard Murnane (July 17, 2013)

Wayward Sons: The Emerging Gender Gap in Labor Markets and Education

By David Autor and Melanie Wasserman (March 20, 2013)

Net Gains and Losses: A Modern Labor Market and a New Deal Welfare State

By Eva Bertram (February 8, 2013)

The Next Phase: Ushering in a New Era of American Retirement

By John C. Scott (January 3, 2013)

Born on the Bayou: A New Model for American Education

By David Osborne (September 13, 2012)

A Less Dynamic American Economy: What's Going On?

By Ian Hathaway and Robert Litan (March 10, 2012)