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Heather Boushey Archives

The Economic Importance of Women’s Rising Hours of Work

Working mom book_alt2 icon Report The importance of women’s added work hours to families’ economic well-being lends a new urgency to rethinking U.S. labor standards for the 21st century.

By Eileen Appelbaum, Heather Boushey, and John Schmitt | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Dad on parental leave book_alt2 icon Report We need to establish a national family and medical leave insurance program that addresses the realities of our current workforce.

By Heather Boushey and Alexandra Mitukiewicz | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Economic Benefits of Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Elderly parent and daughter article icon Issue Brief Recent research finds that family and medical leave insurance would greatly benefit America’s workforce and employers.

By Heather Boushey, Ann O'Leary, and Alexandra Mitukiewicz | Thursday, December 12, 2013

Job Protection Isn’t Enough

Mother and children book_alt2 icon Report The ability to access paid parental leave is important to family economic well-being.

By Heather Boushey, Jane Farrell, and John Schmitt | Thursday, December 12, 2013

Family Policy: The Foundation of a Middle-Out Agenda

If we want to have the kind of economy that can compete in the twenty-first-century global marketplace, making sure that the changes in how families work and live can support growth—both through stable consumption and through caring for workers—must be a top priority.

By Heather Boushey | Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Job Growth Heats Up, but Full Employment Far Away

Job fairThe new Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data provide some welcome news that the labor market is moving in the right direction. Even so, with nearly 12 million people still out of work, the job of pushing the economy back to full employment remains an urgent and pressing issue.

By Heather Boushey | Friday, July 5, 2013

Austerity Hampered Job Growth

Anu Vatal, Patrice TosiThe latest employment numbers show that this is no time for austerity. Our priority must be economic growth, the kind of growth that leads to strong and stable job creation.

By Heather Boushey | Friday, June 7, 2013

A Woman’s Agenda for the 21st Century

2012 Women for Paid Sick Days Rally article icon Issue Brief We need policies to support women as they work and care for their families.

By Heather Boushey and Jane Farrell | Thursday, May 23, 2013

An Affordable Step for a Vital Program

Heather Boushey argues that with incomes stagnant and the middle class needing economic stability, debate on Social Security must include lifting the earnings cap.

By Heather Boushey | Thursday, April 18, 2013

Jobs Numbers Show Sharp Cuts in Hiring

Job fairGovernment cutbacks have already been slowing our nation’s economic growth and are now actively pulling employment downward, but the worst may be yet to come.

By Heather Boushey | Friday, April 5, 2013

Job Growth OK for Now but Sequester Hasn’t Hit Yet

New U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data provide some welcome good news, as employers added 236,000 new jobs in February and the unemployment rate dropped from 7.9 percent to 7.7 percent.

By Heather Boushey | Friday, March 8, 2013

Middle-Out Economics 101

play_alt icon Video CAP Senior Economist Heather Boushey explains how middle-out economics helps bolster the U.S. economy.

By Heather Boushey | Thursday, February 21, 2013

Miliband, Obama & 'middle-out economics'

Heather Boushey explains how for Britain and the United States, the best bet for the economy is on the middle.

By Heather Boushey | Friday, February 15, 2013

The Economics Behind Obama's Unapologetically Liberal Second-Term Agenda

Heather Boushey explains the economics in President Obama's latest State of the Union address.

By Heather Boushey | Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ensuring Low-Wage Workers Also 'Benefit' from Benefits

While the Family and Medical Leave Act was an important first step to help workers manage their commitments to both their employers and their families, there is still work to be done, especially for low-wage workers.

By Sarah Jane Glynn and Heather Boushey | Tuesday, February 5, 2013