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.

Selected Publications

Selected Media

Raise Wages, Kill Jobs?

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.

Who Gets Time Off?

This report uses data from the American Time Use Survey to explore the characteristics that predict access to paid leave and flexibility.

Home Economics

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?

Feminist Economics and Policymaking

Heather Boushey offers her first contribution to the International Association for Feminist Economics blog, which brings a feminist-economics perspective to current intellectual and policy debates.

POLITICO Caucus: Economy and the Election

Heather Boushey, Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, speaks on a panel at the “POLITICO Caucus: Economy and the Election” event in New Hampshire.

Who’s time is it?

Over the course of this Labor Day weekend, as we celebrate workers by barbequing various meats and veggie dogs while enjoying one last swim at the pool, many of us have an extra day off....