Heather Boushey
Heather Boushey

President & CEO

Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Heather Boushey is the President & CEO and co-founder of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, which was launched in 2013. She is one of the nation’s most influential voices on economic policy and a leading economist who focuses on the intersection between economic inequality, growth, and public policy. Her forthcoming book, Unbound: How Economic Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It (Harvard University Press) will be released in October 2019. She is also the author of Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict, and co-edited a volume of 22 essays about how to integrate inequality into economic thinking called After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality.

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, The Atlantic, and Democracy Journal, and she makes frequent television appearances on Bloomberg, MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS. She previously served as chief economist for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential 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 doctorate in economics from the New School for Social Research and her bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College.

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Neither history nor research supports supply-side economics

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In Conversation with Janet Currie

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Alice Rivlin: An inspiration for generations of women economists

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In Conversation with Raj Chetty

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In Conversation with Emmanuel Saez

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Testimony by Heather Boushey before the Ways and Means Committee

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Increasing evidence of the benefits of paid leave means Congress needs to consider a federal program like the FAMILY Act

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In Conversation with Atif Mian

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In conversation with Karen Dynan

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In conversation with Hilary Hoynes

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Testimony by Heather Boushey before the Joint Economic Committee

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Modernizing U.S. work scheduling standards for 21st century families

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Modernizing U.S. paid family leave for 21st century families

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In conversation with Michael Strain

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Our new website: a note to readers

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Disaggregating growth

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For families, concern is not enough

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After 25 years, it’s time for paid leave

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TOPICS: Paid Leave
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What if we took equity into account when measuring economic growth?

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TOPICS: GDP 2.0
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Tax legislation is no place for paid family leave

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In conversation with Kimberly Clausing

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Boushey testifies before congressional forum

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Latest official estimates underreport extent of inequality in the U.S.

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In conversation with Robert Solow

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In conversation with David Weil

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The unfortunate power of stereotypes

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“Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” Three Years Later

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Equitable Growth in Conversation: Brad DeLong and Marshall Steinbaum

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Remembering who pays Uncle Sam this year’s Tax Day

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Look to the 49th state for basic-income guidance

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Americans’ feelings about the U.S. economy make sense

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The challenging and continuing slide in U.S. unionization rates

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Distributional National Accounts and measuring 21st century growth

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Equitable Growth in Conversation: an interview with the OECD’s Stefano Scarpetta

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Taking a look at unpredictable schedules

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Working by the hour: The economic consequences of unpredictable scheduling practices

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U.S. economic growth fundamentals for the 21st Century

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Working mothers with infants and toddlers and the importance of family economic security

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The United State of Women: How women are reshaping the American economy

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A look at overwork in three charts

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Investing in early childhood education is good for children and good for the economy

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Equitable Growth in Conversation: An interview with Claudia Goldin

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Overworked America

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Garnering economic security is complicated for young families

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Across races, women bolster family economic security

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Equitable Growth in conversation: An interview with Byron Auguste

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Women have made the difference for family economic security

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Home economics

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Give working women their due for caregiving in economic policy debates

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Equitable Growth in Conversation: An interview with Lawrence H. Summers

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Always-low wages aren’t always competitive

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Paid leave is good for our families and our economy

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The State of the Union: a Rorschach test

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Schedules that work for families and the U.S. economy

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U.S. scholars need access to public and private big data

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TOPICS: Credit & Debt
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Today’s big U.S. economic trade-off isn’t equality or efficiency

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Taxation and fairness in an era of high inequality

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Heather Boushey on “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”

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Understanding economic inequality and growth at the bottom of the income ladder

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Understanding economic inequality and growth at the middle of the income ladder

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Understanding economic inequality and growth at the top of the income ladder

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How are economic inequality and growth connected?

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Building a strong foundation for the U.S. economy

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Nothing new under the labor market sun

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Job quality matters: How our future economic competitiveness hinges on the quality of parents’ jobs

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Thomas Piketty’s big book: What do you really need to know?

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“Expanding Economic Opportunity for Women and Families”

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Understanding how raising the federal minimum wage affects income inequality and economic growth

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Here’s to wishing you the best of luck in the birth lottery—you’re going to need it

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An extended chat with Robert M. Solow

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