Labor

A factor of production, labor is necessary for producing goods and services. Econlife looks at labor related issues that include how jobs have changed, wages in the US and internationally and outsourcing and unions and the minimum wage.

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    Why Can’t the U.S. Postal Service Think Outside the Box?

    Dec 5, 11 • 331 Views • No Comments

    Do you wear a Yankee hat or a college sweatshirt? Our society approves of adopting a superior team or attending an elite college. According to NY Times journalist David Brooks, for sports and schools, we can aspire to the top. In addition, inequality is okay...  [read more]

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    Do You Care If You’ve Got Mail?

    Dec 5, 11 • 242 Views • No Comments

    In Canada, when postal workers went on strike because of wage cut proposals, many people were saying, “Who Cares?” In the U.S., Hallmark and Amazon have said that they do care about the future of the Postal Service. If asked, approximately 650,000...  [read more]

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    Micro-Jobs

    Nov 30, 11 • 294 Views • No Comments

    One online inquiry resulted in a research scientist happily cleaning an overflowing compost bin for $31. Someone else fished keys out of a sewer. Calling it “web-serfing,” the WSJ explains that “micro-labor” sites are matching requests...  [read more]

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    Happy Pecan Farmers

    Nov 27, 11 • 260 Views • No Comments

    With soaring demand from China and less supply in the U.S., you have some very happy pecan farmers. However, they have one big problem. Theft. Armed with ladders, pecan snatchers are shaking the trees in Georgia’s pecan groves, catching the nuts and...  [read more]

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    A Plymouth Plantation Reprise

    Nov 24, 11 • 237 Views • No Comments

    Perhaps even more relevant today, this was our blog for last Thanksgiving: In 1623, two years after the first Thanksgiving, Governor William Bradford was worried about Plymouth’s food supply. The problem, he concluded, was that people shared whatever...  [read more]