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Shira Boss is a speaker on the social side of personal finance and the author of Green with Envy: Why Keeping Up with the Joneses is Keeping Us in Debt (Warner Business, 2006). Her multi-disciplinary research covers envy, the growth of personal debt in recent years, the money taboo, the underbelly of the American Dream, our hidden drive to “keep up with the Joneses,” and the impact of our social surroundings on our financial wellbeing. She writes a monthly newsletter and is writing a second book, investigating the many forces at work in our financial lives and what we must overcome to achieve financial happiness.

As a financial journalist, Boss has contributed regularly to The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Good Housekeeping, Crain’s New York Business, Forbes.com, an online journal of The Economist, and “Marketplace” on national public radio. She has written syndicated op-eds for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, Beliefnet/Religion News Service and The Christian Science Monitor.

As an expert, Boss has been interviewed on “The Today Show,” CNN, KTLA, and local network news affiliates, and on national public radio and numerous local and regional radio programs; and quoted in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, The Minnesota Star-Tribune, Yahoo! Finance, Bankrate.com and other publications. She has also spoken coast to coast on the social side of personal finance at colleges, conferences, financial advisor groups, and a series at ING Cafés.

She holds an undergraduate degree in economics and political science from Columbia College, Columbia University, as well as graduate degrees in Journalism and in International Affairs, also from Columbia.

Boss tweets from @ShiraB

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