Annie Lowrey

Annie Lowrey

Annie Lowrey is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers economic policy.

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.

It’s Time to Ditch Paper Straws, Too

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

Too Many People Want to Travel

Massive crowds are causing environmental degradation, dangerous conditions, and the immiseration and pricing-out of locals.

The City That’s Giving People Money

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

a photo of a mother and son lining up for food at an evacuation center after losing their home in a wildfire

What the Camp Fire Revealed

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.

Woman shopping.

Trump's Food-Stamp Policy Will Only Make Poverty Worse

The president wants to make it harder for jobless people to obtain food stamps.

President Donald Trump, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, and Jeff Bezos of Amazon talk to each other at a table.

Amazon Was Never Going to Choose Detroit

Places like the new, affluent Washington, D.C., region were always going to be the only realistic options for HQ2.

The long-vacant Packard Plant in Detroit, Michigan, an abandoned factor.

Fixing America’s Forgotten Places

Opportunity Zones, created by Trump’s tax law, are meant to encourage investment in struggling communities. But in the poorest cities, many fear the program could do more harm than good.

Say Hello to Full Employment

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

Preschool students listen to their teacher, Angie Clark, read at a Des Moines Iowa elementary school.

Why America's Teachers Haven't Been Getting Raises

It's not just educators in West Virginia and Oklahoma who have watched their wages and benefits erode since the Great Recession.

The U.S. Isn’t Prepared for the Next Recession

When it comes—and it will, eventually—it’ll be worse than necessary.

Men stand outside organizing water bottles, diapers, and other supplies into boxes.

Americans Are Sending Too Much Stuff to Houston

… and not enough cash.

The Hoarding of the American Dream

A new book examines how the upper-middle class has enriched itself and harmed economic mobility.

Maine's former governor John Baldacci, left, serves spaghetti at a fundraising event to benefit the Preble Street Resource Center, an agency that helps the homeless, in 2010.

The People Left Behind When Only the 'Deserving' Poor Get Help

Maine attached work requirements and time limits to its safety net, intensifying poverty in the state.

Men at a Works Progress Administration site in 1943.

Should the Government Guarantee Everyone a Job?

An old idea for preventing poverty and fighting recessions is gaining traction once again.

Is It Better to Be Poor in Bangladesh or in the Mississippi Delta?

The Nobel laureate Angus Deaton discusses extreme poverty, opioid addiction, Trump voters, robots, and rent-seeking.

2016: A Year Defined by America’s Diverging Economies

Just as income inequality has become a fixture in many Americans’ understanding of the country, so too must accelerating regional divides.