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Something interesting has emerged in voting patterns on both sides of the Atlantic: Young people are voting in ways that are markedly different from their elders.Older upper-middle-class Americans and Europeans have had a good life. When they entered the labor force, well-compensated jobs were waiting for them. On average, many college graduates will search for months before finding a job – often only after having taken one or two unpaid internships.These struggles mean that young people are not thinking much about retirement.In short, today's young people view the world through the lens of intergenerational fairness. It isn't as if these young people didn't work hard: These hardships affect those who spent long hours studying, excelled in school, and did everything "right".Most important, the young will not find a smooth path into the job market unless the economy performs much better.
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