Failure to Launch: Structural Shift and the New Lost Generation

Posted in: Alumni Career Services- May 18, 2014 Comments Off on Failure to Launch: Structural Shift and the New Lost Generation

Online Webinar
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 12:30 – 1:30pm

Recent economic realities have created a new cycle of learning, work, and retirement, which has lengthened the time it takes young adults to gain traction in the labor market.  In 1980, young workers reached the median wage at age 26; today, they don’t reach that point until age 30. 

Join Andrew Hanson, Research Analyst at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce at the McCourt School of Public Policy, for an analysis of these new life phases and what the implications are for the millennial generation. Hanson will explain the social and political causes of this shift and predications on future employment trends.


Andrew R. Hanson conducts economic research on issues related to education and the workforce at the state and national level. His current research focuses on labor market outcomes for young and older adults; community colleges; workforce development; the value of postsecondary certificates, associate's degrees, certifications, licenses, and internships; and the impact of work on student success.

He is the author of Failure to Launch, a 2013 report on the labor market outcomes of young and older adults since 1980, and has authored two major reports on postsecondary certificates and career and technical education. His research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR, and many other widely syndicated outlets. His opinion pieces on millennials have been featured in the National Journal and PBS Newshour blogs.

Andrew is a Teach For America and Americorps alumnus. He taught middle school mathematics for two years in the Saint Louis Public Schools. Andrew received his B.A. in economics and philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is pursing a graduate degree in economics and public policy at Georgetown University.

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