The meaning of care and/or the “care sector” as a whole.

 The Weak Heart of Economics
Economists tend to emphasize the virtues of freedom, including freedom from responsibility.

Our Increasingly Non-Market Economy
The “market” represents only a small part of our overall economy.

How Much Do We Spend Caring for Family?
If we had a “Dependent Price Index” instead of just a Consumer Price Index we might better understand the causes of economic stress.

Capitalism and the Kids
A big-picture analysis of child poverty.

Of Parents, Puppies, and Robots
Why children are not merely pets. 

Gender inequality and care.

Do Nice Gals Finish Last?
The labor market often rewards bad behavior better than good.

Gender Tradeoffs
Trends toward gender equality are difficult to assess, because change can be multidimensional.

The Future of the Gender Bend
Gender roles are loosening in some areas, but not in others

The End of Men, Revisited
Just how far has men’s economic advantage eroded?

Patriarchal Norms Still Shape Family Care
Journalists seem more willing to apply the term “patriarchal” to less-developed countries than to our own.

The Declining Demand for Husbands
Why marriage rates are going down.

The Anti-Mommy Bias
An introduction to Family Responsibility Discrimination. It isn’t pretty.

The World’s Best Countries for Women
It all depends on how you measure progress.

The Best Countries for Non-Mothers
Something is seriously wrong with many efforts to rate countries on success in achieving gender equality.

Feminism’s Uneven Success
In the U.S., feminism has benefited some women far more than others.

New Marriages or No Marriages?
The meaning of marriage must change in order for the institution to endure.

Measurement and valuation of unpaid care.

Valuing Houses but Not Housewives
Current national accounting conventions offer a distorted picture of the overall level of goods and services produced.

Valuing Family Work
Sometimes Republicans agree that every mother is a working mother.

Valuing Unpaid Work Matters, Especially for the Poor
Yet another example of how we mismeasure poverty.

Wages and working conditions in paid employment.

Why Girly Jobs Don’t Pay Well
Some types of work are under-rewarded in the labor market

Improving Home Care Services, Creating Jobs
Consider the opportunities for creating new—and better—“pink-collar” jobs.

Full-time, Part-Time, Good Jobs, Bad
Why not try to improve the quality of part-time jobs?

Minimal Wages, Minimal Families
Looking for a good pro-family policy? Increase the minimum wage.

The Recession in Pink and Blue
The gendered effects of the Great Recession

The Spousal Safety Net
How two-earner families ride out recessions.

Work-family policies.

Dollars for Dads
Evidence that public policies can encourage more paternal participation in childrearing

Family Leave: Right or Privilege?
Time for family care should be considered an economic necessity rather than a special luxury.

Rich Mom, Poor Mom
Class differences among women are shaping public policy in the U.S.

Child care and education. 

The Push for Universal Pre-K
What Japan, Germany, New York City, and San Antonio, Texas have in common.

Preschool Economics
The case for early childhood education (duh!)

The Best States to Grow Up In
State-level differences in the Index of Child Well-Being

Will Business Buy in to Early Childhood Education
If only there were stronger incentives for it to do so.

Home and community-based care for the sick, disabled or frail.

Who’s Taking Care of Your Mother?
Older women depend heavily on younger women for family care

Public finance and social insurance

Intergenerational Accounting at the Public Mutual Fund and Insurance Company
How to rethink the intergenerational “contract.”

Investing in Julia
How government spending on the development of human capabilities pays off.

Homemaker Dad, Breadwinner Mom
How U.S. tax policies encourage specialization by gender—at women’s expense.

Subsidizing Spouses
U.S. tax policies are designed to reward marriage rather than care of dependents.

Feminists at Fault?
The little-known history of feminist family policy.

Austerity for Posterity
Reductions in public spending on children=reduced investment in the future

Social Security and the Stork
Why it make sense to socialize a hefty share of the cost of caring for dependents.

Accounting for Kids
Public spending on children should be considered investment.

The Welfare Queen of Denmark
Danes show how to foster a competitive but caring economy.

Care and Elections

Campaigning for Care
Efforts to insert care policies into the 2012 elections

Gender and the Polls
Why women and men had different priorities for the presidential election of 2012.

Credits for Children
Tax reforms to help parents enjoy bipartisan support.