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The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure

Program #SCHJ001. Recorded in Cambridge, MA on January 20, 1993.

Working more hours, if you are working at all, and enjoying it less? Why, contrary to all expectations, do Americans enjoy less leisure today than at any time since the end of WWII? In the last twenty years, employed Americans have seen their working hours increase by the equivalent of one month a year. Manufacturing employees work 320 hours longer a year, that's two months, than their counterparts in Germany and France. Interview.

Speaker(s):

Juliet Schor

Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard in the Department of Economics. She is author of many books including The Overworked American, Do Americans Shop Too Much? and Plenitude:  The New Economics of True Wealth

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