Neil Howe, Author at Insurance Thought Leadership



Neil Howe

Neil Howe

Neil Howe is a historian, economist and demographer who writes and speaks frequently on generations, the economy and social change. He is the nation’s leading thinker on who today’s generations are, what motivates them and how they will shape America’s future.

Howe is the founder of Saeculum Research. Saeculum Research’s mission is to reveal and apply the rules of history that govern the shifting rules of the market. By focusing on demography, generations and historical analogues, Saeculum grasps the big picture that others miss. Based on Howe’s path-breaking and interdisciplinary work, Saeculum’s analytical perspective enables you to stop running from the “new normal” and instead to embrace it—and profit from it.

Howe has written nine books on American generations, mostly with William Strauss, including Generations (1991), The Fourth Turning (1997), Millennials Rising (2000) and, most recently, Millennials in the Workplace (2010). In his books, Howe coined the term “millennial generation.” Howe has also written numerous books and policy reports on fiscal and demographic topics, most recently The Graying of the Great Powers (2008). With Peter G. Peterson, Howe wrote On Borrowed Time (1989; reissued 2004), a pioneering call for budgetary reform. He later served as senior policy adviser to the Blackstone Group and has testified on entitlement reform many times before Congress. He is a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he helps lead the Global Aging Initiative.

He holds graduate degrees in history and economics from Yale University.

Recent Articles by Neil Howe

The Gig Economy Is Alive and Growing

The “gig economy” has dominated headlines: The Obama administration is cracking down on companies that misclassify their workers, while presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has advocated for strong employee protections regardless of job status. Yet, oddly, no one seems certain about the size and direction of the gig economy. Some say that more Americans than ever […]

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