Care work is more valuable than ever (with Kate Bahn)


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Child care in the U.S. has been in crisis mode for a long time. It’s wildly expensive for families to afford, and difficult for providers to make ends meet. But now, in the age of COVID-19, even the future existence of child care in America is in doubt. Jessyn and Nick tackle the value of care work, the impossibility of finding affordable child care, and the importance of feminist economics with economist Kate Bahn.

Kate Bahn is the director of labor market policy and economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Her areas of research include gender, race, and ethnicity in the labor market, care work, and monopsonistic labor markets. Previously, she was an economist at the Center for American Progress. Bahn also serves as the executive vice president and secretary for the International Association for Feminist Economics.

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Further reading:

A feminist economic policy agenda in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the quest for racial justice:

America’s child care problem is an economic problem:

Where is the American Child Care Bailout?

Women’s work-life economics:

Child care is still the missing ingredient for a fast economic recovery:

After coronavirus, nearly half of the day care centers in the U.S. could be gone:

Why child care is so ridiculously expensive:

Senator Murray introduces $50 billion child care stabilization fund legislation:

Biden announces $75 billion plan to fund universal child care and in-home elder care:

Public education should be a birthright:

If you support public schools, you should support universal child care:


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