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Annie Lowrey

Annie Lowrey is a contributing editor at The Atlantic, covering economic policy.

The Underemployment Crisis

COMMENTARY | Even before the pandemic, roughly one in 10 workers wanted to log more hours.


The Terrifying Next Phase of the Coronavirus Recession

COMMENTARY | The U.S. prioritized the economy over public health—and got the worst of both worlds.


Don’t Bet on a Quick Recovery

COMMENTARY | The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco discusses the pandemic, the diversity crisis in economics, and monetary policy.


The Second Great Depression

COMMENTARY | At least four major factors are terrifying economists and weighing on the recovery.


This Summer Will Scar Young Americans for Life

With jobs and internships canceled, Generation Z is entering a summer of uncertainty—and the damage could last forever.


The Small-Business Die-Off Is Here

COMMENTARY | Many small businesses won’t survive, and that will change the landscape of American commerce for years to come.


The Coronavirus Recession Will Be Unusually Difficult to Fight

COMMENTARY | Consequences will linger even after the virus dissipates.


The Great Affordability Crisis Breaking America

COMMENTARY | In one of the best decades the American economy has ever recorded, families were bled dry.


The Bill That Could Make California Livable Again

COMMENTARY | S.B. 50 would make the state denser, cheaper, greener, and more affordable.


California Is Becoming Unlivable

The state is plagued by two major issues: wildfires and a lack of affordable housing. Each problem exacerbates the other.


The Next Recession Will Destroy Millennials

Millennials are already in debt and without savings. After the next downturn, they’ll be in even bigger trouble.


The Case Against Paper Straws

COMMENTARY | They’re a single-use, disposable consumer item—a greener option, but not a green one.

Health & Human Services

The Supreme Court Is Bad for Your Health

COMMENTARY | Its decision to let states opt out of the Medicaid expansion turned out to have lethal consequences.


The City That’s Giving People Money

COMMENTARY | Randomly selected Stockton residents are receiving $500 a month. The experiment might prove that guaranteed income works.


What the Camp Fire Revealed

ANALYSIS | Two months after disaster struck, the recovery in Paradise, California, is harder for some than for others.


The Truth About the Gig Economy

Uber and similar companies aren’t driving huge changes in the way that Americans make a living.


Women May Earn Just 49 Cents on the Dollar

ANALYSIS | A new study suggests that the gender wage gap is much wider than previously thought.


What Iowa Can Tell Us About Full Employment

Want to know where the economy is headed? Look at Des Moines.


The Most Expensive Weather Year Ever

Economists are tallying the damage from the fires and the hurricanes, and finding their true costs immeasurable.