The Incomes That Get You in the Top 1%, For Every Age Group (The Atlantic)

Money bag128If you make $135,000 and you’re 31 or younger, you are richer than 99 percent of your peers, according to The Atlantic. But it’s hard to stay there, unless your boss is very generous with raises. A 30-year-old earning $130,000 in 2010 was in the top 1 percent, but people just a few years older were earning $80,000 more. And by age 45, one percenters were pulling in more than $325,000.

Check out The Atlantic’s graphs (for income and wage, only, not investment wealth) to see how much income you need to earn to land in the top 1 percent or .01 percent of your age group.

Bowdoin’s Connelly on Why the Unemployment Rate Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story (WGME)

Rachel Connelly on WGME/CBS 13.

Rachel Connelly on WGME/CBS 13.

Rachel Connelly, Bowdoin’s Bion R. Cram Professor of Economics, helps explain how the unemployment rate—often touted as a leading economic indicator—is a fairly specific metric that doesn’t tell the full story of how the economy is doing. Watch the WGME CBS 13 segment.

‘Sun’s Out, Buns Out’: The Origins of the Weber Grill (Smithsonian)


Labor Day, in addition to honoring the American labor movement and the contributions workers have made to its strength, means grilling, so on this day we also remember metalworker George Stephen Sr., who didn’t know that when he put two halves of a buoy together he was creating a summertime staple.

Nick Mansfield ’17 Aimed for the Sky During His Semester Away

nickmansfieldSenior Nick Mansfield acknowledges that he diverted from the path taken by most college juniors when they study away. “Bowdoin juniors typically go abroad second semester, but I was looking for something different,” he says. Instead of living overseas, Mansfield, a self-described “aviation geek,” interned at Southwest Airlines in Dallas, Texas, last spring.

As an intern with Southwest’s market strategy pricing team, Mansfield said he spent months digging into what drives the performance of the airline’s markets. “It’s been eye opening seeing how competitive the airline industry really is, as well as the amount of work it takes to ensure 3,900 daily departures are orchestrated without a hitch,” he writes in an essay featured on Southwest’s site.

Read more of Mansfield’s reflections.