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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This book now 20 years old seems especially timely in the current depression era that seems to have no end. In addition to the lack of leisure are the facts of unemployment and the well known now ... Read full review

The overworked American: the unexpected decline of leisure

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This is a book with an important message that unfortunately will probably not be taken seriously. Schor, a Harvard economist, argues from statistics what the rest of us know from experience, that "in ... Read full review


The Overworked American
The Extra Month of Work
Capitalism and Working Hours

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About the author (1991)

Juliet Schor is associate professor of economics at Harvard University