The overworked American: the unexpected decline of leisure

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Basic Books, 1991 - Political Science - 247 pages
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This pathbreaking book explains why, contrary to all expectations, Americans are working harder than ever. Juliet Schor presents the astonishing news that over the past twenty years our working hours have increased by the equivalent of one month per year—a dramatic spurt that has hit everybody: men and women, professionals as well as low-paid workers. Why are we—unlike every other industrialized Western nation—repeatedly ”choosing” money over time? And what can we do to get off the treadmill?

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Review: The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure

User Review  - Jean-Philippe - Goodreads

The Overworked American is an incredible work of academic inspection that is totally relatable to the general public, and which touches on topics and issues that most of us - if not all of us - can ... Read full review

Review: The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure

User Review  - Selkie - Goodreads

Interesting reading, but would be more so if there were not burdened down with so many statistics. Being a bestseller, one would think this would have been a "call-to-arms" to bring the unions back ... Read full review


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About the author (1991)

Juliet Schor is associate professor of economics at Harvard University