“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 and co-editor of a volume of 22 essays about how to integrate inequality into economic thinking, “After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality.” 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.
A new working paper finds that some judges make faulty decisions due to a systemic lack of accurate information based on racial stereotypes that drive bail decisions.
The following is an excerpt from After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality, edited by J. Bradford DeLong, Heather Boushey, and Marshall Steinbaum and published by Harvard University Press: […]
In this installment, Equitable Growth’s Executive Director and Chief Economist Heather Boushey talks to Brad DeLong of the University of California, Berkeley and Marshall Steinbaum of the Roosevelt Institute, her fellow editors of the soon-to-be-released...
With April 15 falling on a Saturday this year, Tax Day is on Tuesday, April 18. While it may not be everyone’s idea of a good time to finalize last-minute […]
What do Finland, the province of Ontario, the Italian city of Livorno, the African nations of Kenya, Namibia, and Uganda, the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, and the 49th state […]
A common conundrum for economists is the ongoing disconnect between macroeconomic outcomes and how Americans report feeling about the economy. While the economy is growing at a respectable rate, more than half of Americans view...
Every January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases new data on how many workers in the United States are members of unions or are covered by union contracts. Today, […]
Statistics describe an America that is nearly recovered from the Great Recession, but the national averages don't give a complete or accurate picture. Wealth is flowing disproportionately to the rich, skewing the data used to...
Equitable Growth’s executive director and chief economist Heather Boushey talks with Stefano Scarpetta, the Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, about how high levels...
Despite the central role women play in the economy, U.S. labor laws and institutions do little to address the various ways in which women are held back at work.
Will the top 20 percent be willing to forego some of their advantages so that others may rise? Tough one.
Heather Boushey responds to Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, who took to The Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page to promote the Trump administration’s economic agenda, […]
His policies may fail to deliver, but his rhetoric answers a question millions of Americans are asking about a globalized economy: What about me?
Heather Boushey reviews MIT economist Peter Temin’s book “The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy.”
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 […]