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Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict
     

Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict

by Heather Boushey
 

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Employers today are demanding more and more of employees’ time. And from campaign barbecues to the blogosphere, workers across the United States are raising the same worried question: How can I get ahead at my job while making sure my family doesn’t fall behind?

Heather Boushey argues that resolving work-life conflicts is as vital for individuals

Overview

Employers today are demanding more and more of employees’ time. And from campaign barbecues to the blogosphere, workers across the United States are raising the same worried question: How can I get ahead at my job while making sure my family doesn’t fall behind?

Heather Boushey argues that resolving work-life conflicts is as vital for individuals and families as it is essential for realizing the country’s productive potential. The federal government, however, largely ignores the connection between individual work-life conflicts and more sustainable economic growth. The consequence: business and government treat the most important things in life—health, children, elders—as matters for workers to care about entirely on their own time and dime. That might have worked in the past, but only thanks to a hidden subsidy: the American Wife, a behind-the-scenes, stay-at-home fixer of what economists call market failures. When women left the home—out of desire and necessity—the old system fell apart. Families and the larger economy have yet to recover.

But change is possible. Finding Time presents detailed innovations to help Americans find the time they need and help businesses attract more productive workers. A policy wonk with working-class roots and a deep understanding of the stresses faced by families up and down the income ladder, Heather Boushey demonstrates with clarity and compassion that economic efficiency and equity do not have to be enemies. They can be reconciled if we have the vision to forge a new social contract for business, government, and private citizens.

Editorial Reviews

Ruth Milkman
This thoughtful and engaging book exposes a vitally important and timely topic, and Boushey is uniquely positioned to address it.
Maria Shriver
Heather Boushey presents a compelling case for why achieving the right balance of time with our families and at our workplaces is vital to the economic success and prosperity of our nation. I’ve been honored to see her work up close through ‘The Shriver Report’ and I’m now glad that it’s going to be available to an even wider audience. This is a must read for the public and policymakers alike.
Lawrence H. Summers
Time is our most precious asset, and families feel like they have less and less of it. Heather Boushey’s important book shows that there is much that policy can do to reclaim our time and our lives. In a rational world its arguments would have an important impact on the future of American economic policy.
Vogue - Michelle Ruiz
The feminist econ book I never knew I needed…Finding Time is just as essential as Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Unfinished Business. In fact, it picks up where they left off…Boushey makes the financial case for reform, pointing to data that proves that policies like paid leave increase productivity in the workplace, decrease turnover, and, in turn, fuel the economy as a whole.
American Prospect - Stephanie Coontz
[Boushey] present[s] evidence that workplaces with flexible, accommodating schedules are more productive than those that emphasize long hours and rigid schedules…[Finding Time] note[s] that countries with extensive work-life policies have higher social mobility and are often more competitive than the United States.
Science - Janet Gornick
[An] ambitious, fast-paced, fact-filled, and accessible book…[Boushey] has a masterful understanding of the nuts and bolts of policy design and has impressively cataloged an array of promising state and local examples. Her policy proposals are not off the beaten path, but her overall argument—simple as it sounds—is a fresh one.
Bloomberg View - Tyler Cowen
This is a thoughtful and intelligent book.
The Economist
Boushey argues that better family-leave policies should not only improve the lives of struggling families but also boost workers’ productivity and reduce firms’ costs.
Dissent - Suzanne Kahn
Boushey offers an ambitious public policy agenda to address the increasingly common situation where both the mother and father work outside the home and thus have less time to care for their families… [A] brilliant book.
ISE Magazine
Boushey presents detailed innovations to help Americans find the time they need and help businesses attract more productive workers, revealing how economic efficiency and equity do not have to be enemies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674660168
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/19/2016
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
717,413
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Heather Boushey is Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

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