Heather Long

Washington, D.C.

Editorial writer and columnist focused on the economy

Education: Wellesley College, BA in economics and English ; Oxford University, master's in financial economics and medieval literature

Heather Long is a columnist and member of The Washington Post's Editorial Board. She was formerly U.S. economics correspondent from 2017 to 2021 and played a large role in identifying and covering the K-shaped recovery from the pandemic and the Great Reassessment of work. Before joining The Post, she was a senior economics reporter at CNN and a columnist and deputy editor at the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. She also worked at an investment firm in London.
Latest from Heather Long

Americans are stuck in an age of scarcity, and they don’t like it

Inflation isn’t the only problem in the economy. Availability of products, or lack thereof, is as critical an issue as rising prices.

May 8, 2022

$4 gas is here. It’s worth it.

No one likes record-high gas prices. But stopping purchases of Russian oil and natural gas is one of the best ways the world has to hit back at the invasion of Ukraine.

March 8, 2022

What’s happening with inflation? Columnists Heather Long, Henry Olsen and Catherine Rampell answered your questions.

Opinion columnists Heather Long, Henry Olsen and Catherine Rampell answered reader questions about inflation and the U.S. economy.

February 11, 2022

It’s not rocket science how to get women back to work

The irony, and challenge, of the moment are that at precisely the time for U.S. policymakers to think bigger about remaking the workplace to meet the needs of women, we are going in the exact wrong direction.

January 30, 2022

Why manufacturing workers are voluntarily leaving jobs at rates never seen before

Jobs in the sector, long regarded as better than many other kinds of middle-class opportunities, aren't always what they once were.

January 9, 2022

Life after quitting: What happened next to the workers who left their jobs

Servers and cooks who left a popular Arkansas restaurant in the past year say their mental health has improved, but not their finances.

December 16, 2021

Quitters, part 1

2021 was a big year for quitting. Millions of Americans resigned. For the first episode in our series on “quitters,” we go to a restaurant in Arkansas where nearly every employee – and the owners – found themselves reassessing their work, and their lives.

December 15, 2021

What’s in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure law

The bipartisan law includes $550 billion in new investments in roads, bridges, broadband and more. It is widely expected to create a lot of jobs.

November 16, 2021

Inflation emerges as defining economic challenge of Biden presidency, with no obvious solution at hand

Policymakers are facing the devilish and unfamiliar quandary of booming consumer demand and dramatic supply disruptions.

November 14, 2021

Why millions of job seekers aren’t getting hired in this hot job market

Job seekers increasingly want higher pay, more flexibility, and remote options. Meanwhile, companies continue to favor candidates with several years of experience, availability to work evening or weekend hours, and willingness to work in-person.

November 8, 2021