By David Weber
The vitality of our economic model (market-based/capitalist) is generally predicated on growth.
Typically we measure Gross Domestic Product (a measure of the total income of everyone in the economy; or, stated another way, the assignment of a monetary value to all finished goods and serviced produced in the defined economy) to assess in a snapshot the health of the economy.
U.S. Census data suggest that as early as 2040 non-Hispanic whites will become a minority in America. Changing demographics play a key role in determining national identity and leadership selection.
Creighton University is uniquely located in a setting that allows for both micro- and macro-level studies, discussion and leadership regarding coming shifts in racial, ethnic, religious, and generational demographics.
Issues such as the following will invite study, discussion, and policy responses:
To address the questions that arise from shifting demographics, Creighton University has established The 2040 Initiative. Through this website and accompanying blog, Creighton faculty from a range of disciplines will offer their expertise and critical analysis on this phenomenon.
If you would like to contribute to Creighton University School of Law's 2040 Initiative blog, please contact David Weber.