Juliet B. Schor

Why Do We Consume So Much?

Clemens Lecture Series 13, 2001

Labor economist Dr. Juliet B. Schor is currently Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Prior to joining Boston College, she taught economics at Harvard University for nine years. She has written extensively on work and consumption patterns of Americans. As one of the nation's best-known voices on the topic, she has received numerous honors. Her book, "The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure," received honors from Princeton University, Business Week, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and others. Her more recent book, "The Overspent American: Upscaling, Downshifting and the New Consumer," received the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contributions to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language, awarded from the National Council of Teachers of English. Dr. Schor holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts and a B.A. in economics from Wesleyan University.