Drugs, jail and video games tell the ‘tale of the lost male’: Bank of America

Drugs, jail and video games have taken millennial men out of the workforce and they aren’t likely to return —a phenomenon dubbed “the tale of the lost male” by economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

A decline in the labor force participation rate since the financial crisis masks stark differences between men and women, wrote Bank of America economists Michelle Meyer and Anna Zhou on Friday.

“Prime-working age women (25-54 years old) have returned to the labor force with a participation rate edging back to pre-crisis levels,” they wrote, “but the participation of prime-working age men has remained close to recession lows.”

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