Recorded on 11/03/2020

Navigating Family Dynamics & Decision-Making

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Recorded November 3, 2020.

Tune into a thought-provoking conversation with renowned economist, Brown University professor and bestselling author Emily Oster as she brings her data-driven approach to discuss how to manage family decision-making and dynamics in an ever-changing world. Emily is the author of the e-newsletter “ParentData” where she draws from scientific research to address myriad issues surrounding family life during the pandemic including how to approach decisions around participating in “normal” family activities and children attending school. She also partnered with Galit Alter, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, to create the website COVID Explained, a straightforward guide to understanding and protecting yourself from COVID-19.

Using the data that she has gathered from her research, Emily explains how to use a cost-benefit analysis approach to pandemic-related decision-making, and discusses how to establish boundaries and open lines of communication when young adults move home. As a mom of two young children and the author of two bestselling books on parenting, Expecting Better and Cribsheet, Emily shares her insights into raising responsible and contributing members of society. As we address a range of challenging issues and fraught decisions, you will learn how to maintain your mental health and sanity during difficult times – looking to an optimistic and hopeful future.

About Emily Oyster

Emily Oster is a Professor of Economics at Brown University. She holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.

Emily’s academic work focuses on health economics and statistical methods. In addition to her academic work, Emily has written two bestselling books on data driven parenting, “Expecting Better” and “Cribsheet”. Emily’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, CNBC, Slate, and more.


Emily Oyster

Emily Oyster

Professor of Economics at Brown University and Best-Selling Author

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