Heather Boushey is Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Her research focuses on economic inequality and public policy, specifically employment, social policy, and family economic well-being. She is the author of “Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict” from Harvard University Press.
Some of the highest employment rates in the advanced world are in places with the highest taxes and most generous welfare systems, namely Scandinavian countries. The United States and many other nations with relatively low taxes and a smaller social safety net actually have substantially lower rates of employment.
"But it turns out that long paid leaves can also hold back women. Researchers are finding that even as family leave boosts labor force participation by women, it can have negative effects on their job opportunities."
"After three decades of steady but measured growth, the arrangement of having multiple generations together under one roof spiked during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 and has kept on growing in the post-recession period, albeit at a slower pace, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data."
"Far from heralding a golden era for work-life balance, a new psychological contract between employer and employee and an alternative to the 9 to 5, there are structural changes here in the way people earn a crust and for the Government, lobbyists in the TUC and others to claim different is almost certainly misleading and can only lead to bad decisions about work and workplaces."