Nancy Folbre

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Initiative:

Nancy Folbre, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will extend her previous estimates of the economic value of family work by comparing the time devoted to family care in four English-speaking countries and examining the amount of labor (both paid and unpaid) that Americans supply in caring for others. Folbre will parse data from several recent surveys on people’s incomes and their use of time to get a more accurate picture of the differences in standards of living between households with and without children.


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