Heather Boushey is Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and co-editor of a volume of 22 essays about how to integrate inequality into economic thinking, “After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality.” Her research focuses on economic inequality and public policy, specifically employment, social policy, and family economic well-being and her latest book is “Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict” from Harvard University Press. 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’ “Room for Debate,” The Atlantic, and Democracy; and she makes frequent television appearances on Bloomberg, MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS. She previously served as Chief Economist for Hillary Clinton’s 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 Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research and her B.A. from Hampshire College.

Selected Publications

Selected Media

Modernizing U.S. Labor Standards for 21st Century Families

Despite the central role women play in the economy, U.S. labor laws and institutions do little to address the various ways in which women are held back at work.

That Greedy Upper-Middle Class

Will the top 20 percent be willing to forego some of their advantages so that others may rise? Tough one.

Trump’s supply-side economic swindle

Heather Boushey responds to Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, who took to The Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page to promote the Trump administration’s economic agenda, […]

Reinventing the Past

Heather Boushey reviews MIT economist Peter Temin’s book “The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy.”

Paying for the Second Shift

AAUW Outlook magazine reviews “Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict.”

The truth about the gender wage gap

Nearly 10,000 people graduated with MBAs from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business between 1990 and 2006. In 2009, three economists decided to study a quarter of those graduates. They asked a detailed set...