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Finding Time

The Economics of Work-Life Conflict

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$29.95 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674660168

Publication Date: 04/19/2016


360 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

3 photos, 30 illus., 10 tables


This is a thoughtful and intelligent book.—Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg View

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.—Suzanne Kahn, Dissent

[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.—Janet Gornick, Science

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.—Michelle Ruiz, Vogue

[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.—Stephanie Coontz, The American Prospect

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.The Economist

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.ISE Magazine

This thoughtful and engaging book exposes a vitally important and timely topic, and Boushey is uniquely positioned to address it.—Ruth Milkman, City University of New York

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.—Maria Shriver

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.—Lawrence H. Summers, President Emeritus and Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University

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