Women In Economics / Labor

Women in Economics: Juliet Schor on the Benefits of a 4-Day Week

Juliet Schor

February 1, 2024

Photo courtesy of Juliet Schor

In This Episode

Productivity has been the driving force behind the five- sometimes six-day workweek, but there is a growing body of evidence that shows a shorter week is equally, if not more productive in many respects. Juliet Schor is a champion of the four-day week and led the charge in the early 90s with her book The Overworked American, which studies the pitfalls of choosing money over time. Schor is an economist and sociologist at Boston College and heads the research for global trials of companies instituting four-day workweeks. Journalist Rhoda Metcalfe spoke with Juliet Schor about her four-day week mission, as part of our special Women in Economics series. Transcript

Juliet Schor is an economist and sociologist at Boston College.

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