For Ted's 'The Way We Work' series, author and economist Emily Oster is tackling the emotionally driven topic of when parents should go back to work.
The speaker begins the talk by reminding the audience that on top of there being no right or wrong answer, there's a lot of conflicting advice that can make it nearly impossible for a parent to feel confident in their choices. A parent worries about neglecting their child's needs, about getting swept up in corporate life, or about sacrificing an income stream. While the speaker acknowledges that it's an incredibly emotional decision, she also uses her background as an economist to use data to help parents better understand their options -- breaking the decision down to three simple questions.
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