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Annie Lowrey

Annie Lowrey is a contributing editor at The Atlantic, covering economic policy.
Health & Human Services

Millennials Aren’t Just Behind. They’re All Over the Place.

COMMENTARY | Today's economic conditions are not just holding Millennials back. They are stratifying them, leading to unequal experiences within the generation as well as between it and other cohorts.

Management

There’s No Such Thing as a Low-Skill Worker

COMMENTARY | The label flattens workers to a single attribute, ignoring the capacities they have and devaluing the work they do.

Finance

Stop Worrying About Budget Deficits

COMMENTARY | Red ink isn’t a problem as long as the country is spending on the right things.

Finance

States Need Federal Money to Do the Right Thing

COMMENTARY | Bailing out bars and restaurants would allow them to remain closed—and curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Finance

If You Soak the Rich, Will They Leave?

COMMENTARY | States and cities struggling through the pandemic recession are wondering if higher taxes will raise revenue, or cause a mass exodus.

Management

The Underemployment Crisis

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

Finance

The Second Great Depression

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

Management

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.

Finance

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.

Finance

The Coronavirus Recession Will Be Unusually Difficult to Fight

COMMENTARY | Consequences will linger even after the virus dissipates.

Finance

The Great Affordability Crisis Breaking America

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

Management

The Bill That Could Make California Livable Again

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

Management

California Is Becoming Unlivable

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

Management

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.

Management

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.

Finance

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.

Management

What the Camp Fire Revealed

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

Finance

The Truth About the Gig Economy

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

Management

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.