John Quiggin

John Quiggin is an Australian economist who has been ranked in the top 5% economists in the world according to IDEAS/RePEc since its monthly aggregate rankings began in 2004. He has been honored with a long list of the most prestigious Australian and global economics academic awards. Quiggin frequently appears as a guest expert on global TV networks, like BBC.

John Quiggin on Gen Jones:
John personally identifies as part of Generation Jones, and has argued the traditional Baby Boom definition is too long. In August 2022, he wrote here: “Anything longer than 7 years makes the Generation Game (even more) nonsensical. That’s why we invented Gen Jones.” In a long article about generations which he wrote in October 2023, he observed: Then, following the suggestion of cultural commentator Jonathan Pontell, the rest of the (demographic) baby boom could be assigned to my cohort, Generation Jones. The most appealing etymology for generation Jones is the slang term “jonesing,” referring to withdrawal after a drug-induced high. As summarised by Wikipedia: “Jonesers inherited an optimistic outlook as children in the 1960s, but were then confronted with a different reality as they entered the workforce during… a long period of mass unemployment.”

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