Care Talk

Caregiving Skills for the Planet

Reflections on the value of some traditionally undervalued skills that are sorely needed today…

How a Dashboard on the Care Economy Came to Be

A new project to describe the empirical dimensions of the care economy in the U.S. is now underway.

Can Child Care Legislation Increase Women’s Participation in the Paid Labor Force?

This comparative global analysis links to a paper with impressive empirical details and answers “Yes.”

Precarity and Care

Far from opposites, care and precarity are deeply entwined both etymologically and historically. Now, the increasing precarity created by current labor markets fosters a higher demand for care.

Carework Network Summit in Costa Rica

For the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown, the Carework Network convened an in-person summit — this time with a fully bilingual gathering of academics, activists, and policymakers in San José, Costa Rica.

Care Talk 2.0

Welcome to Care Talk 2.0! In February 2008, economist Nancy Folbre launched the original Care Talk blog to reflect on research and policies regarding paid and unpaid carework. Written in a style that made material accessible to journalists, policymakers, and students as well as more seasoned researchers, the blog began with a focus on how to measure the economic contributions of unpaid care, the limitations of commercial models for care provision, and the problems that plague US systems of care provision.

The Escalating Cost of Care Services

Price of three major care services–day care and preschool, nursing homes and adult daycare, and medical care services, have risen much faster since 1998 than the price of the “all items” basket of goods and services that serves as the primary benchmark for analysis of inflation

Justice in the Balance

Instead of trying to walk the tightrope known as work family balance, maybe we should seek work family justice—something we all deserve rather than something we are easily blamed for not achieving on our own.

From Dobbs v. Jackson to Rights v. Obligations

What’s wrong with Ross Douthat’s interpretation of the world in general and abortion rights in particular?

Social Capital vs. Social Climate

Social capital is a delightfully contradictory concept, which explains why academics kind of like it: So much room for elaboration and disputation, both qualitative and quantitative!

Seizing the Moment

Seizing the “Moment” for the Global Care Agenda: From Theory to Practice. International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) event, January 25, 2022

Gender Economics and the Meaning of Discrimination

Shelly Lundberg gave a terrific paper at the session on Identity, Culture, and the Economics of Gender at the Allied Social Science Association Meetings, January 8, 2022, and this is a distillation of my comments on it as discussant.