Column: Employees dropping out of U.S. workforce

Being young is complicated. Getting a job is complicated. The social-services bureaucracy is complicated.

What is changing, suggests a study by two Indiana economists, is that young people age 26 to 31 are dropping out of the game entirely, choosing to spend their time in ways unlikely to result in a full-time job, a home or a family.

Is it economic malaise, cultural collapse or just laziness? Maybe an amalgam of all three, nobody is specifying. For policymakers, though, the study, “Characteristics of Young Adults Participating Full Time in the U.S. Labor Force,” offers two points for concern:

For some individuals, the present hodgepodge of rules, regulations and incentives designed to help may be thwarting the basic human desire to earn a living through wage income.

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