Why American Men Choose Not to Work


Probably since time immemorial, each generation has thought the next one lacked industriousness. But for the last half-century, this belief has been true of American men. Even as the economy has grown, a rising share of prime-age males have opted out of work.

Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis, a brief book by Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute, drives this point home forcefully, drawing on an impressive array of data to explain what’s happening and why.

The chart that forms the core of Eberstadt’s case depicts the percentage of men age 25-54 who do not have a job.

Kids Joining ‘School Lunch Advisory Councils’ to Deal With Michelle Obama’s Rules

Michelle Obama sits with winners of 2016 Kids' Healthy Lunchtime Challenge in the East Room of the White House

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging middle schoolers to join “School Lunch Advisory Councils” where they learn to “nudge” their peers into eating healthy to comply with First Lady Michelle Obama’s lunch rules.

The agency featured a blog post Thursday by nutrition officials in Montana about how schools are using behavioral economics to create “Smarter Lunchrooms.” One example is putting up posters of basketball coaches to get kids to eat apples.