Between 1979 and 2013, in both married- and single-parent families, women’s earnings from higher wages and added hours have been positive across all income groups. In fact, for families with young children, women’s earnings from...
Heather Boushey is Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Her research focuses on economic inequality and public policy, specifically employment, social policy, and family economic well-being. She is the author of “Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict” from Harvard University Press.
The New York Times has called Boushey one of the “most vibrant voices in the field,” and she testifies often before Congress on economic policy issues. Her research has been published in academic journals; she writes regularly for popular media, including The New York Times’ “Room for Debate,” The Atlantic, and Democracy; and she makes frequent television appearances on Bloomberg, MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS. Boushey previously served as an economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute, and also sits on the board of the Opportunity Institute. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research and her B.A. from Hampshire College.
Heather Boushey, executive director and chief economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, gives remarks at the White House United State of Women Summit on June 14, 2016.
Hard work is part and parcel of the American Dream, but at a certain point, working excessive hours can be detrimental to families, businesses, and the U.S. economy. While there […]
A few graphs from Equitable Growth's recent report, Overworked America, which examines the causes and consequences of long work hours.
Over this past holiday weekend, Ross Douthat used his New York Times column to express frustration that hoping for a “substantive debate about domestic policy” in this presidential election year […]
“Equitable Growth in Conversation” is a recurring series where we talk with economists and other social scientists to help us better understand whether and how economic inequality affects economic growth […]
While women in young families have increased their work hours as much as women in working-age families, young families have seen much smaller growth in women’s wages compared to working-age families.
This issue brief explores the role that women’s added work hours and earnings play in families across income and race and ethnicity in the United States.
Heather Boushey and Byron Auguste, Managing Director of Opportunity@Work, discuss current problems with the labor market, how the problems may be mostly on the demand side, and how we might “rewire” the labor market.
Over the past four decades, women’s increased earnings and work hours have been essential as American families seek to find and maintain economic security.
Childcare is one driver of economic insecurity for many Americans. Issues that political observers long considered “women’s issues” – including child care, paid leave, and equal pay – are now […]
The 2016 presidential race has been filled with excitement and drama. But there’s another layer to American politics that gets less attention: How issues of home, family and wallet intersect […]
In this podcast episode we don’t have just one guest, but two fantastic women, who are both greatly contributing to our collective knowledge and awareness about the labour market, the […]
In an important new book, “Finding Time,” the economist Heather Boushey argues that the failure of government and businesses to replace the services provided by “America’s silent partner” — the […]
Finding a balance between work and your personal life matters not just to you and your family; it can also make companies and the economy in general more productive. Economist and author Heather Boushey joins...
In this episode of "The Other Washington," the team at Civic Skunk Works investigates this talking point and hears from experts about a new study which upends this repeated trickle-down claim.
This report uses data from the American Time Use Survey to explore the characteristics that predict access to paid leave and flexibility.
Policies today that cause work-life conflicts can be replaced by ones that embrace the home, the workplace, caregiving, and fairness.
The family is the building block of our economy. So why do we make it so hard for today’s families to balance home and work?
Heather Boushey talks with the Wall Street Journal about her new book, "Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict."