Too many economic forces were against them when they came of age.
The great irony of the ironic "Ok boomer" trope being enthusiastically used by millennials is that they themselves are the older generation to which the term increasingly applies.
The millennial generation -- generally defined as those born in the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s -- is approaching middle age. In less than two months, the oldest of this group will turn 40. The generation so recently depicted as rebellious youth intent on reshaping American culture will become eligible for protection under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The youngest millennials will be 23, meaning that college campuses will be almost entirely ceded to the next population cohort, Generation Z.
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Noah Smith is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He was an assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook University, and he blogs at Noahpinion.