“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 […]
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 Center for American Progress, 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.
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 are federal laws that govern...
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.
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?
Our nation’s inattention to the causes and consequences of work-life conflict is a serious hurdle for many families. Fixing it will require serious research followed by evidence-based policymaking to change how work is done in...
In the first installment of the "Equitable Growth in Conversation" interview series, Equitable Growth's own Heather Boushey talks with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers about secular stagnation, market power, and more.
Some local leaders are using Walmart's move to close 154 of its U.S. stores as an opportunity to focus on driving down benefits for workers, instead of focusing on the failure of the retailer's business...
AAUW Outlook magazine reviews “Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict.”
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...
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.