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Recent elections have ushered a slew of right-wing politicians into power in several developed countries—or in the cases of France and the Netherlands, brought them uncomfortably close. Rising inequality, the oft-cited issue motivating the “rise of the right,” can arguably be alleviated through government-led policies of redistribution.
Recent elections in the United States and Europe have shocked both domestic and international audiences. Much of the credit for the surprise outcomes goes to millennial voters, growing as a proportion of the voter pool, and proving themselves both politically engaged and dissatisfied with the status quo.
It has been widely reported over the last few weeks that millennials will for the first time match baby boomers as the largest voting-eligible generation in 2016. The Wall Street Journal
called it “a generational turning point.” But being eligible to vote and actually voting are two very different things, and young voters historically vote less often and more inconsistently than older voters.
Rising death rates for white middle-aged Americans parallel their growing disconnect from the labor force and traditional family structure.
Some inequality is a necessary byproduct of economic development.
The War on Poverty fostered important gains in its initial years but has since lost its relevance.
Americans are staying with their employers longer — good for stability but bad for labor market dynamism.
Rich and poor are well-defined, but the middle is a muddle of special situations.
Can robotics help China’s manufacturing industry stay competitive despite rising labor costs?
As economies age, good growth is harder to come by.
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