Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict

Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict

by Heather Boushey


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Employers demand more of employees’ time while leaving the important things in life—health, family—for workers to take care of on their own time and dime. How can workers get ahead while making sure their families don’t fall behind? Heather Boushey shows in detail that economic efficiency and equity do not have to be enemies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674660168
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Heather Boushey is President and CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and former Chief Economist on Hillary Clinton’s transition team. She is the author of Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict and coeditor of After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality (both from Harvard). 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.”

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

I Our Roots 23

II Stalled: Today's Middle Class 46

III Stuck: Today's Low-Income Families 71

IV Soaring above and Sounding the Alarm: Today's Professional Families 96

V Thinking Like an Economist 123

VI Here at Home: Paid Time off to Care 151

VII There at Work: Scheduling Time 174

VIII Care: When You Can't Be at Home 199

IX Fair: Finding the Right Path 226

Conclusion 249

Appendix: Data and Methods 257

Figure Sources 271

Notes 273

Acknowledgments 327

Index 331

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