Books et al.Economics

Banking on balance

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Science  15 Apr 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6283, pp. 299
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf3924

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New employment practices, such as just-in-time scheduling and round-the-clock emailing, compounded by changing family demography (especially the rise of single parenting and the increased longevity of elderly family members) have left millions of working Americans perpetually stressed, conflicted, economically insecure, and time poor. Yet, on the whole, our social and labor market policies, while changing, remain dangerously inadequate and blatantly irrational. In this ambitious, fast-paced, fact-filled, and accessible book, Heather Boushey offers a thorough, systematic, evidence-based case for a comprehensive package of institutional reforms.