Business & Society

Time Theft: Exposing a Subtle Yet Serious Driver of Socioeconomic Inequality

Business & Society

Authors: Dr. Laura Giurge

Jason R. Pierce, Laura M. Giurge and Brad Aeon


Socioeconomic inequality is perpetuated and exacerbated by an overlooked yet serious epidemic of time theft: the act of causing others to lose their time without adequate cause, compensation, or consent. We explain why time theft goes unnoticed, how it drives socioeconomic inequality, and what businesses and policymakers can do to address it.