Juliet Schor

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Juliet Schor (born 1955) is Professor of sociology at Boston College.[1] She has studied trends in working time, consumerism, the relationship between work and family, women's issues and Economic inequality.[2] From 2010 to 2017 she has been studying the sharing economy under a large research project funded by the MacArthur Foundation.[3][4]

Academic career[edit]

She received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women's Studies.[citation needed]

In 1977, Schor was one of several founders of South End Press.[2] Additionally, in 1979 she was a founding member of the Center for Popular Economics.[5]

In 2006 she was awarded the Leontief Prize by the Global Development and Environment Institute.[citation needed]

Between 2013 and 2016, Schor with other in researched the sharing economy, interviewing a hundred workers.[6]

Currently, Schor is Professor of sociology at Boston College and on the advisory board of the Center for a New American Dream.[1][7]

Personal life[edit]

She has two children. Her husband, Prasannan Parthasarathi is also a professor at Boston College.[citation needed]


In an interview with Peter Shea she talks about her early intellectual formation, her critique of conventional economics, and her decision to write for an audience that includes the general public as well as her colleagues in the academy.[2]


In 1992, Schor's book The Overworked American was a bestseller.[8]


  • The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, Basic Books (1992)[8]
  • Sustainable Economy for the 21st Century, (1995, 1999)[9]
  • The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need, (1999)
  • Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture, (2005)
  • Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, Penguin Press (2010)[2]

As co-editor or co-author:

  • The Golden Age of Capitalism: Reinterpreting the Postwar Experience, (1992)
  • Do Americans Shop too Much?, (2000)
  • The Consumer Society Reader, (2000)
  • Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the 21st Century, (2003)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Juliet Schor". Great Transition Initiative. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Julie Schor". Institute for Advanced Study. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Juliet Schor: On the Connected Economy and Carbon Emissions". www.bc.edu. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  4. ^ "Juliet Schor - Connected Learning Research Network". Connected Learning Research Network. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  5. ^ "Reflections on popular-economics-an-interview-with Juliet Schor". Center for Popular Economics. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Juliet Schor, Boston College - ICOS". www.icos.umich.edu.
  7. ^ "Advisory Board". Center for a New American Dream. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  8. ^ a b Stead, Deborah. "Prosperous Referents and 'The Overspent American'". New York Times. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  9. ^ "A Sustainable Economy for the 21st Century". www.goodreads.com.

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