Biography

Heather Boushey is Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Her research focuses on economic inequality and public policy, specifically employment, social policy, and family economic well-being and her latest book is “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 Politico twice named her one of the top 50 “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics.”

Boushey 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. She previously served as Chief Economist for Hillary Clinton’s transition team, and 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. She sits on the board of the Opportunity Institute and is an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research and her B.A. from Hampshire College.

Selected Publications

Overworked America

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 […]

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Selected Media

Paying for the Second Shift

AAUW Outlook magazine reviews “Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict.”

The truth about the gender wage gap

Nearly 10,000 people graduated with MBAs from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business between 1990 and 2006. In 2009, three economists decided to study a quarter of those graduates. They asked a detailed set...

Kitchen Table Politics: The Cost Of Caring For Kids

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 […]

Heather Boushey and Maureen Conway

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 […]

How to Fix Feminism

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 […]

The economics of striking a work-life balance

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...

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.