July 21, 2017

54. Have women made life more expensive?

Okay, this is a deliberately provocative title, but it relates to how the increase in two income households hasn’t necessarily made us better off. Hasn’t it simply reduced real wages and increased asset prices, particularly houses? How much different would the world be if only one member of the household went to work – man or woman. Phil Dobbie talks to Professor Steve Keen about the negative impact of a growing workforce – not just dual incomes, but also the rising number of hours worked. And how do we redress the balance?

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