A growing number of Americans are grappling with unpredictable, constantly shifting schedules.
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.
Overview Many workers in the United States are at the mercy of unpredictable scheduling practices, often facilitated by new technologies where computer algorithms create employee schedules based on projected consumer […]
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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, 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’s Executive Director and Chief Economist Heather Boushey talks with economist Claudia Goldin of Harvard University about her research on the gender wage gap, how it stems from the hours some occupations, and some...
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...
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 […]