British economist describes "Generation Katniss"

April 29, 2015

The perspectives of young women born between 1995 and 2002 are framed by their experiences of recession, global conflict, and government mistrust, says British economist Noreena Hertz. Hertz surveyed more than 1,000 teenaged girls from the United States and England, concluding that "this generation is profoundly anxious." She has dubbed it "Generation Katniss," after the protagonist of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series. 75% of respondents to Hertz's survey said they were worried about terrorism; 66% were concerned about climate change; 70% feared accumulating debt; and 85% were anxious about finding a job. Only 4% said they trusted corporations to "do the right thing." However, Hertz also noted that respondents were strongly committed to social and economic equality. Washington Post